Insurance Journal » Texas http://www.insurancejournal.com Insurance Journal delivers the latest business news for the Property/Casualty insurance industry Fri, 27 Mar 2015 00:44:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 Recall for Texas-Based Blue Bell Ice Cream Products Expanded http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/03/25/362089.htm Wed, 25 Mar 2015 16:50:28 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=362089 Federal authorities say Brenham, Texas-based Blue Bell is expanding the recall of some ice cream products because of possible exposure to the listeria bacteria. Blue Bell is recalling 3-ounce cups of chocolate, strawberry and vanilla ice cream that have tab …

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Construction Firm Hit with $79.9K Fine for Excavation Hazards in Houston http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/03/24/361888.htm Tue, 24 Mar 2015 16:49:30 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=361888 Federal safety officials have fined SER Construction Partners Ltd. $79,900 for three safety violations at a site in Houston, Texas. SER Construction Partners Ltd. based in Pasadena, Texas, specializes in heavy civil construction and employs about 370 employees. The Occupational …

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Texas Leads the Way in Work Zone Crashes, Fatalities http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/03/24/361882.htm Tue, 24 Mar 2015 16:38:53 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=361882 Texas by far had the most work zone crash fatalities of any state last year and the state’s transportation department is urging drivers to slow down and pay attention. Work zone crash fatalities in Texas rose to 146 last year, …

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Crack on Texas Cliff Where House Fell Puts Homes, Boaters at Risk http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/03/23/361725.htm Mon, 23 Mar 2015 16:28:43 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=361725 Steve Mellgren’s worries began when a chunk of land near his house crumbled down a cliff, leaving his neighbor’s palatial home dangling above a lake before a demolition crew sent it tumbling into the water. One year after the incident …

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Wells Fargo Insurance Names Meuse to Lead National Cross-Sell Team http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/03/20/361437.htm Fri, 20 Mar 2015 16:47:58 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=361437 Wells Fargo Insurance, part of Wells Fargo & Co. has appointed industry veteran Kristine Meuse to lead cross-sell efforts for its insurance brokerage and consulting (IBC) division. She is based in Dallas. Meuse will work closely with Wells Fargo’s corporate and commercial …

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Hallmark Insurance Group Ratings Affirmed, Outlook Still Negative http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/03/19/361215.htm Thu, 19 Mar 2015 15:39:12 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=361215 A.M. Best has affirmed the financial strength rating (FSR) of A- (Excellent) and the issuer credit ratings (ICR) of “a-” of the members of Fort Worth, Texas-based Hallmark Insurance Group (Hallmark Group). Additionally, A.M. Best has affirmed the ICR of “bbb-” for the …

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Bishop Joins Southwest Risk in Dallas as VP, Property Broker http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/03/19/361015.htm Thu, 19 Mar 2015 05:48:16 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=361015 Jim Bishop has joined Southwest Risk LP as a vice president and property broker. Bishop has more than 30 years of experience in the insurance industry with extensive knowledge of the marketplace in the central United States. He began his career as …

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Last Year’s Fatalities Prompt New Safety Features at Austin’s SXSW http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/03/18/361008.htm Wed, 18 Mar 2015 16:32:08 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=361008 Snoop Dogg, J. Cole and TV on the Radio are on the schedule, but what’s really getting attention at this year’s South by Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas, is safety. After a driver plowed through a barricade and into …

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Graves Joins Dallas Office of All Risks http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/03/18/361002.htm Wed, 18 Mar 2015 16:23:36 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=361002 The South Central operation of property/casualty wholesale insurance broker All Risks Ltd. has added Eric Graves as a producer in Dallas. Graves joins the Dallas office as a brokerage underwriter and brings proven abilities in sales, marketing and business development. …

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JLT Specialty Names Battenfield Sr. VP, U.S. Downstream Energy in Houston http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/03/17/360823.htm Tue, 17 Mar 2015 16:38:03 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=360823 JLT Specialty Insurance Services Inc. (JLT Specialty USA), a U.S. subsidiary of Jardine Lloyd Thompson Group plc. (JLT), appointed Robert M. Battenfield as senior vice president and leader of downstream energy. He is located in Houston. Battenfield will be responsible …

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Feds: Texas Company’s Guardrails Meet Safety Standards in 8 Crash Tests http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/03/16/360632.htm Mon, 16 Mar 2015 16:23:10 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=360632 Federal officials said that a guardrail system found on many U.S. highways met safety standards in crash tests that followed accusations they have speared cars. Forty states have stopped installing the guardrails, and Trinity Industries Inc. stopped shipping them after …

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Transportation Network Company Insurance Bill Passes Oklahoma Senate http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/03/12/360388.htm Fri, 13 Mar 2015 00:27:04 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=360388 A bill addressing the insurance requirements of transportation network companies (TNCs), or rideshare organizations, and their drivers has passed the Oklahoma Senate by an overwhelming majority vote of 40-3. SB 436, the Transportation Network Act of 2015, sets coverage requirements, …

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3 Killed in West Texas Oil Field Explosion http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/03/12/360313.htm Thu, 12 Mar 2015 16:49:30 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=360313 An oil field rig exploded in West Texas killing three workers on March 10. Investigator Dusty Kilgore of the Upton County Sheriff’s Office said the accident happened Tuesday morning near Rankin, about 40 miles south of Midland. Kilgore says a …

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Nevada Speed Limit Could Hit 85MPH Under Bill http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/03/11/360106.htm Wed, 11 Mar 2015 16:08:20 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=360106 Nevada lawmakers are scheduled to review a bill that would allow the state to raise highway speed limits to 85 miles per hour. Republican Sen. Don Gustavson is sponsoring SB 2 and expects to testify on the bill on Tuesday …

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IICF Announces $505K in Grants at Dallas Benefit Dinner http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/03/11/360101.htm Wed, 11 Mar 2015 15:58:33 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=360101 The Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation’s (IICF) Texas/Southeast Division announced it is providing a record-breaking $505,000 in grants to area and regional nonprofits in 2015. The grants total is the largest to date since the Texas/Southeast Division’s inception in 2012. The …

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Wellness Specialist Florsheim Joins Higginbotham Insurance http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/03/11/360090.htm Wed, 11 Mar 2015 15:39:22 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=360090 Fort Worth, Texas-based Higginbotham has hired Claire Florsheim, JD, RD, LD, as health risk management and wellness consultant. Florsheim joins the firm’s Fort Worth office in its employee benefits department, which serves customers throughout the state. Her unit helps employers …

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Jury Verdict Favors Texas Insurer in Hidalgo County Hail Claim Case http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/03/09/359900.htm Tue, 10 Mar 2015 02:10:28 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=359900 A Texas-based insurance company has prevailed in the first lawsuit to go to trial over claims from two massive hailstorms in Hidalgo County, Texas, in 2012. The 12-member jury in Amaro v. National Lloyds found that National Lloyds Insurance Co. …

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Texas Lawmaker Files Insurance Department Transparency Bill http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/03/09/359865.htm Mon, 09 Mar 2015 16:56:06 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=359865 A bill filed by state Rep. Todd Hunter, R-Corpus Christi, would require the Texas Department of Insurance to post on its website information regarding insurance rates of every residential property and personal auto insurer in the state, including details and …

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Texas-Based National Lloyds Sees Record Earnings in 2014 http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/03/06/359734.htm Fri, 06 Mar 2015 17:57:07 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=359734 National Lloyds Corp., a Waco-based insurance holding company, announced its best yearly earnings in the company’s history with $25.7 million of pre-tax income. Over the past several years, storm activity in Texas and Oklahoma had increased homeowners damage claims and …

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Road Funding Bill Passed by Texas Senate http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/03/06/359728.htm Fri, 06 Mar 2015 17:48:40 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=359728 The Texas Senate has approved the first bill of the legislative session, with speedy passage of a plan to shift billions of dollars generated by vehicle sales taxes to building and maintaining roads strained by the state’s booming population. The …

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San Antonio Fire Crew Unaware Senior Facility Was a High-Rise http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/03/05/359570.htm Thu, 05 Mar 2015 17:16:34 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=359570 An analysis by the San Antonio Fire Department says the arrival of specialized resources to a December fire that killed five residents of a senior living facility near San Antonio, Texas, was delayed because responders were unaware it was a …

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Texas Insurance Agencies Higginbotham, Aycock & Fowler Merge http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/03/04/359340.htm Wed, 04 Mar 2015 17:16:20 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=359340 Fort Worth, Texas-based Higginbotham and Aycock & Fowler, in Lubbock, Texas, have merged. Both are independent insurance firms providing property and liability insurance, risk management and employee benefit services to businesses and individuals. Higginbotham in recent years has expanded throughout Texas by …

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Talbert Named CEO of Texas-Based Insurors Indemnity Cos. http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/03/03/359142.htm Tue, 03 Mar 2015 17:14:07 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=359142 Waco, Texas-based Insurors Indemnity Companies named Dave Talbert as president and chief executive officer effective March 1. Talbert joined Insurors Indemnity in February 2014 with more than 25 years of industry experience, having previously been president and CEO of Hochheim Prairie …

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Texas Bill Would Create Roofing Contractor Registration Program http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/02/26/358782.htm Fri, 27 Feb 2015 03:34:40 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=358782 Texas state Representative Kenneth Sheets filed legislation that would establishes a voluntary roofing contractor registration program with the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI). Sheets said House Bill 1488, known as the Roofing Contractor Consumer Protection Act, would help protect consumers …

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Higginbotham Unites Houston Offices http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/02/26/358726.htm Thu, 26 Feb 2015 16:58:56 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=358726 Independent insurance firm, Higginbotham, announced has united its three Houston offices under one roof and one operating name. Chapman Schewe Benefits Consulting, Madison Benefits Group and Swantner & Gordon are partners in the Higginbotham group. They moved Jan. 16, to a shared space …

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Report: Wildfire Risk to Homes in West Tops $237B http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/02/26/358657.htm Thu, 26 Feb 2015 13:00:52 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=358657 In the Western U.S. there are nearly 900,000 homes representing an estimated reconstruction cost of more than $237 billion considered at “very high” or “high” risk from wildfires, a report issued today shows. CoreLogic’s Wildfire Risk analysis is the latest of …

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New Claims Consulting Firm Opening in Dallas http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/02/24/358555.htm Wed, 25 Feb 2015 00:56:49 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=358555 Nelson Claims Consulting LLC announced the formation of a highly specialized consulting group focused on providing management services to insurance carriers, policyholders and legal teams for all components of complex and high value contents claims, dispute resolution and litigation support. …

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IBTX Risk Services Opens Office in Houston http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/02/24/358494.htm Tue, 24 Feb 2015 17:40:32 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=358494 San Antonio-based independent insurance agency, IBTX Risk Services, announced it has expanded into the Houston market. IBTX will engage clients and prospects in this new market, working to expand their client base in the property and casualty, oil and gas, …

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Texas Agency, Allred-Thompson-Mason-Daugherty, now Named Higginbotham http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/02/22/358306.htm Mon, 23 Feb 2015 03:22:07 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=358306 Allred-Thompson-Mason-Daugherty Insurance (ATMD) agency Wichita Falls, Texas, is now doing business under the name of Higginbotham. The name change was effective Jan. 1. ATMD has been in operation since 1988. Jay Awtrey, managing director of Higginbotham in Wichita Falls, said the name change …

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Energy Workers at Loose Ends after Drop in Crude Prices http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/02/20/358235.htm Fri, 20 Feb 2015 17:50:19 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=358235 The drive from Ken Mercer’s home in Tennessee to the oil fields of western North Dakota takes 20 hours if you drive straight through. Every month, Mercer, an Army veteran who served in Iraq, would make the trip as part …

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