Louisiana News

Forklifts, Louisiana Uninsured Motorist Coverage and Unasked Questions

In perusing judicial decisions, it is not unusual to discover answers to questions one never thought to ask. One such question is whether a forklift is a “motor vehicle” under uninsured/underinsured motorists (UM) statutes, and, if so, would the UM statute …

The Leavitt Group Opens New Office in Houston

The Leavitt Group has opened a new office, Risk Services – Leavitt Insurance Agencies, in Houston. The agency will be co-managed/owned by Vladimir Chemadurov and Rob Eppers. In the South Central region, Utah-based Leavitt Group also has existing offices in …

Cohen Joins SSA Insurance Services in Louisiana

Excess and surplus insurance broker and managing general agent, SSA Insurance Services, has added Madelyn Cohen to its executive team in Louisiana. Cohen’s responsibilities at SSA will include acquiring and developing new markets, commercial and personal line placements, recruiting new …

Bill Banning Cellphone Use While Driving Stalls in Louisiana

It appears Louisiana drivers won’t face new limits on their cellphone use. An annual effort seeking to prohibit hand-held cellphone use by motorists stalled in the House Transportation Committee. After facing widespread resistance, Republican Rep. Mike Huval of Breaux Bridge, …

Louisiana Bill Would Force ‘Speed Trap’ Towns to Be Labeled as Such

Tiny towns across Louisiana that get more than half their annual income from speeding citations would be labeled “speed traps” with blinking signs posted to warn drivers, under a proposal heading to the full House for debate. Rep. Steve Pylant, …

Louisiana Parish Denies FEMA Fraud Allegations in Gustav Cleanup

Attorneys say the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s threat to have Livingston Parish’s Hurricane Gustav debris removal monitors investigated for fraud is “gratuitous” and “improper.” FEMA has alleged that monitors hired by the parish to oversee the removal of leaning trees …

Grant to Help Raise Houses in Louisiana; Flood Insurance a Requirement

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is providing a grant to help pay for the elevation of 16 houses Jefferson Parish. The grant covers about $2.1 million of the estimated $2.7 million total cost of the project. FEMA officials say elevating …

New Orleans Man Pleads Guilty to Arson, Insurance Fraud

A resident of New Orleans, La., is awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to multiple arson-for-insurance fraud schemes Anthony R. Thomas had been charged with multiple criminal counts for his involvement in a 2007 scheme to burn his rental property for …

USI Insurance Services Names Daigle President of Louisiana Operations

USI Insurance Services (USI) announced that Edward J. Daigle has been promoted to president of USI’s Louisiana practice. Daigle will be responsible for growing USI’s middle market brokerage practice in Louisiana and will be located at USI’s Houma, La., office. …

Louisiana Health Insurers OK Third-Party Payers Through Nov. 15

The three major companies in Louisiana offering coverage through the federal insurance exchange have agreed to continue to accept premium payments through Nov. 15 from a program that helps HIV/AIDS patients cover their health care costs. The Advocate reports the …