Insurance Journal » Texas http://www.insurancejournal.com Insurance Journal delivers the latest business news for the Property/Casualty insurance industry Fri, 19 Dec 2014 10:16:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 Leavitt Group Adds Gourgues as VP, Benefits in Houston http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/12/18/350550.htm Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:33:13 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=350550 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 …

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Technology Dominates Texas-Based Group’s Fraud Predictions for 2015 http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/12/17/350438.htm Wed, 17 Dec 2014 17:17:10 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=350438 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 …

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San Antonio’s Ridesharing Rules Include Commercial Insurance Requirement http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/12/15/350115.htm Mon, 15 Dec 2014 17:20:34 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=350115 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. …

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Miller to Join Insurance Broker Wortham in January http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/12/15/350106.htm Mon, 15 Dec 2014 17:15:22 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=350106 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 …

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Texas Could Face Wet, Early Spring Due to Weak El Nino http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/12/10/349654.htm Wed, 10 Dec 2014 17:26:52 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=349654 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 …

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Juror Witnesses Firsthand What the Hail Is Going on in Texas http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/12/08/349259.htm Mon, 08 Dec 2014 20:52:13 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=349259 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 …

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Rate of Workplace Injury, Illness in Texas Dropped Slightly in 2013 http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/12/08/349202.htm Mon, 08 Dec 2014 17:27:56 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=349202 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 …

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Texas Orders Waco Insurer to Pay Nearly $47M http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/12/05/349078.htm Fri, 05 Dec 2014 17:24:42 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=349078 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 …

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Insurance Council: No Hurricanes, but Bad Weather Plagued Texas http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/12/03/348864.htm Wed, 03 Dec 2014 18:35:17 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=348864 As 2014 hurricane season ends the people of Texas can count themselves lucky to have dodged hurricanes for the past six years, which has been particularly good news for coastal residents. Despite the lack of hurricanes, Texas weather-related losses continue …

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Liberty, Texas, Posting Auto Theft Warning Signs from Insurance Council http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/11/25/348266.htm Tue, 25 Nov 2014 17:55:16 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=348266 Police officers in Liberty, Texas, will be putting up crime prevention signs in their city this week to help motorists prevent auto thefts and burglaries. Black Friday and the holiday shopping season is a great time for business retailers and …

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Texas Woman Acquitted in Fiancé’s Death; GM Ignition-Switch Blamed http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/11/25/348246.htm Tue, 25 Nov 2014 17:35:51 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=348246 A Texas woman who pleaded guilty to negligent homicide in the death of her fiancé in a 2004 accident involving a since-recalled General Motors Saturn Ion won a reversal of her conviction. Candice Anderson, who was seriously injured in the …

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Small Quake Near Dallas Stirs Fracking Critics http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/11/24/347933.htm Mon, 24 Nov 2014 17:31:33 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=347933 A light earthquake shook the Dallas-Ft. Worth area of North Texas at night on Nov. 22, leaving no known damage or casualties but stirring concern about the potential of the area’s oil and gas fracking industry to generate seismic activity. …

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Thibodeaux Joins Texas-Based Southwest Risk http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/11/21/347783.htm Fri, 21 Nov 2014 17:52:22 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=347783 ClearView Risk Holdings LLC, the holding company of Texas-based Southwest Risk LP, announced that Chad Thibodeaux has joined Southwest Risk as a property/inland marine broker. Thibodeaux began his insurance career with State Farm Insurance where he worked as a catastrophe …

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Texas Man Claims Medical Errors Led to Leg Amputations http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/11/21/347779.htm Fri, 21 Nov 2014 17:49:38 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=347779 A Texas man intending to undergo a weight-loss operation is seeking $10 million in damages for what he says were a series of medical blunders that led to the amputation of both his legs at the knee. Carlos Saucedo has …

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RHSB’s Jones Receives Cyber Risk Management Leadership Award http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/11/20/347671.htm Thu, 20 Nov 2014 17:41:28 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=347671 Douglas R. Jones, senior vice president and principal at Texas-based Roach Howard Smith & Barton, was presented with the Cyber Risk Management Leadership Award 2014-15 at the annual Cyber Risk Management Boot Camp held in Atlanta, Ga., and hosted by INSUREtrust. …

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Chemical Leak at DuPont Plant in Texas Spurs Wrongful Death Suit http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/11/20/347666.htm Thu, 20 Nov 2014 17:38:03 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=347666 The widow of one of four workers killed in a Houston-area DuPont chemical plant leak has filed a wrongful death lawsuit seeking more than $1 million. The Houston Chronicle reported that the lawsuit was filed by Michelle Tisnado, who was …

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Texas’ Travis County Getting Serious About Property Crime Backlog http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/11/18/347381.htm Tue, 18 Nov 2014 17:28:13 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=347381 A fingerprint examiner for the Travis County sheriff’s office in Texas will devote the next six months to clearing a backlog of more than 600 property crime cases that piled up over the past 17 months. Most of the cases …

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San Antonio Lab to Conduct Guardrail Crash Tests http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/11/14/347141.htm Fri, 14 Nov 2014 17:45:57 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=347141 Federal officials say crash tests will show by early 2015 whether guardrails found along many U.S. highways work are safe. The Federal Highway Administration said that crash tests involving guardrails made by Trinity Industries Inc. will be done by mid-January …

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TWFG Insurance Services Expands in Texas, California, and Washington http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/11/12/346800.htm Wed, 12 Nov 2014 17:30:09 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=346800 The Woodlands, Texas-based TWFG Insurance Services is expanding with 15 more branch locations in Texas, two additional in California, and another in Washington, the company announced. TWFG Insurance specializes in products and services for homeowners, auto and small business insurance …

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Settlement Approved in Austin Firefighter Hiring Discrimination Case http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/11/10/346402.htm Mon, 10 Nov 2014 17:22:05 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=346402 A federal judge has approved a settlement between the city of Austin and the U.S. Department of Justice over allegations the Austin Fire Department’s hiring practices were discriminatory. The order signed by U.S. District Court Judge Lee Yeakel allows the …

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Group Aims to Create Alternatives to Workers’ Comp State-by-State http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2014/11/10/346291.htm Mon, 10 Nov 2014 12:37:36 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=346291 Formed in late 2013, the Austin, Texas-based Association for Responsible Alternatives to Workers’ Compensation — or ARAWC — would like to see an expansion of alternatives to state workers’ compensation systems, such as the nonsubscriber system in Texas and the …

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Denton, Texas, Rejects Fracking but State to Continue Drilling Permits http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/11/09/346341.htm Mon, 10 Nov 2014 03:11:54 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=346341 A state agency that regulates oil and gas will continue issuing permits to companies seeking to drill in Denton, despite residents passing a ban to prevent further hydraulic fracturing in the north Texas city. At an event sponsored by the …

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Drunk Driver Crashes into Texas Police Cars, Barely Misses Officer http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/11/07/346245.htm Fri, 07 Nov 2014 17:43:40 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=346245 Galveston police have arrested a man who they say crashed into two police cars while driving drunk. KHOU-TV reports 66-year-old Raymond Oakley nearly struck a Galveston police officer who was working at the scene of an earlier accident. Chief Henry …

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AG Caldwell: No Texas Ebola Waste Disposal in Louisiana http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/11/03/345745.htm Mon, 03 Nov 2014 17:47:14 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=345745 Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell announced an agreement has been reached with Texas incinerator Veolia Environmental Services and Louisiana hazardous waste landfill Chemical Waste Management to ensure that incinerator ash associated with the recent Dallas Ebola virus occurrence will not …

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Austin Still Recovering From 2013 Halloween Floods http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/11/03/345740.htm Mon, 03 Nov 2014 17:29:15 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=345740 A year after a flood killed three people and damaged hundreds of central Texas homes, Austin officials are still working to buy and tear down houses considered at risk for flooding. The 2013 Halloween floods, which reached up to 7 feet …

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Jordan Wins FIWT Leadership Award from Litchfield Special Risks http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/10/30/345494.htm Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:47:44 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=345494 Cindy Jordan, of Barnard Insurance Group in Wichita Falls, Texas, won the FIWT Leadership Award sponsored by Litchfield Special Risks Inc., the company announced. This is the second year the award has been presented to a member of the Federation …

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Heaven & Hail: Hail Insight and the Damage it Brings http://www.insurancejournal.com/blogs/2014/10/30/345544.htm Thu, 30 Oct 2014 10:00:19 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=345544 This post is part of a series sponsored by CoreLogic. Hail Damage by the Numbers Damage from convective storms continues to capture the attention of both the public and insurers because of the increase in the number of extreme weather …

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Allen Named Insurance Fraud Prosecutor for Dallas County http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/10/27/344925.htm Mon, 27 Oct 2014 23:28:05 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=344925 The Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) announced Amy Allen as a fraud prosecutor who will work exclusively with criminal prosecutors in the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office to combat insurance fraud. Allen worked previously as an assistant city attorney and …

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All Risks Ltd. Adds Martino, Flake in Texas http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/10/27/344873.htm Mon, 27 Oct 2014 15:59:50 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=344873 Frank Martino and Rhonda Flake have joined based in Hunt Valley, Md.-based insurance wholesaler All Risks Ltd. in the firm’s South Central operations. Martino is a broker in Austin, Texas. He specializes in oil and gas as well as other …

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Capstone Underwriters’ Bellet Honored by French Government http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/10/27/344871.htm Mon, 27 Oct 2014 15:56:18 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=344871 Alain A. Bellet, owner and president of Capstone Underwriters LLC, in Dallas, Texas, has been awarded the Medal of Chevalier of the Legion of Honor, the highest decoration given by the government of France. The order of the Legion of …

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