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First Lawsuits Filed Over Fatal South by Southwest Crash in Austin

The first wave of victim lawsuits since four people died at the South by Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas, accused organizers of safety lapses after a driver smashed through a barricade and into a crowd of concertgoers. The suits …

Work-Related Injuries, Illnesses Requiring Days Off Decreased in Texas in 2013

Private industry employers in Texas reported 51,890 cases involving days away from work and an incidence rate of 66.6 injuries and illnesses per 10,000 full-time equivalent employees in 2013, the Texas Department of Insurance – Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) …

Leavitt Group Adds Gourgues as VP, Benefits in Houston

Leavitt Group announced that Dawn Gourgues joined the agency as vice president of benefits in their Houston office. Previously, she was a health and welfare consultant working with middle market energy related accounts. Gourgues’ experience also includes financial projects and …

Technology Dominates Texas-Based Group’s Fraud Predictions for 2015

Technology will give fraudsters an edge in 2015, but it will also provide new tools for organizations and investigators, according to three experts from the Austin, Texas-based Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) who were asked for their top fraud …

San Antonio’s Ridesharing Rules Include Commercial Insurance Requirement

San Antonio has become the latest Texas city to approve rules for regulating ridesharing companies such as Lyft and Uber. The San Antonio City Council approved regulations that require commercial insurance, fingerprint background checks for drivers and inspections for vehicles. …

Miller to Join Insurance Broker Wortham in January

De Miller, principal of the Donald E. Miller Agency Ltd. in San Antonio, is joining Houston-based Wortham L.L.C. as a managing director on Jan. 1, 2015, under a letter of intent executed with Wortham Insurance & Risk Management. The Donald E. Miller …

Texas Could Face Wet, Early Spring Due to Weak El Nino

The weather pattern that’s weaker than hoped for but still expected to bring some rain to Texas this winter could persist into early spring, a weather forecaster said. As Texas still tries to recover from its driest year ever in …

Juror Witnesses Firsthand What the Hail Is Going on in Texas

Alejandro Stolarski is a United States citizen who emigrated from Mexico. Stolarski resides in Dallas County. Like hundreds of other Dallas County residents each week, Stolarski received a notice in the mail for jury duty. But unlike most Dallas County …

Rate of Workplace Injury, Illness in Texas Dropped Slightly in 2013

The Texas incidence rate of nonfatal injuries and illnesses in private industry decreased to 2.6 cases per 100 equivalent full-time workers in 2013, down from 2.7 in 2012. The Texas rate is below the national rate of 3.3. The 2013 …

Texas Orders Waco Insurer to Pay Nearly $47M

A Texas-based provider of so-called “life settlements” has been fined nearly $47 million for misleading investors about life insurance policies of terminally ill patients. The Securities and Exchange Commission alleged Life Partners Holdings Inc. of Waco misrepresented revenues and public …