Insurance Journal » Texas http://www.insurancejournal.com Insurance Journal delivers the latest business news for the Property/Casualty insurance industry Wed, 01 Oct 2014 18:51:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 XL Group Adds Smelser to North America Property Team in Dallas http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/09/30/341992.htm Tue, 30 Sep 2014 16:02:16 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=341992 XL Group announced the addition of Jay E. Smelser to its North America property insurance team as South Central regional leader, based in Dallas. Smelser reports to Senior Vice President and Head of North America General Property Wade Pitman in Los Angeles. Smelser …

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Truck Driver: Distraction a Factor in Fatal Oklahoma Crash http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/09/30/341984.htm Tue, 30 Sep 2014 15:55:53 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=341984 The driver of a tractor-trailer that crashed into a bus and killed four college students on Interstate 35 in southern Oklahoma told investigators he was distracted. Russell Staley, 53, of Saginaw, Texas, was traveling northbound on Sept. 26 before crossing …

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10 Years and 12,000 Smoke Alarms in Texas http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/09/29/341871.htm Mon, 29 Sep 2014 15:15:41 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=341871 The We’re Out to Alarm Texas program has donated approximately 12,000 smoke alarms to Texas seniors and other citizens throughout the state during its 10 years in existence, the Insurance Council of Texas announced. The ICT said these smoke alarms …

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Texas Extended Warranty Company Sued by Minnesota AG http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/09/26/341740.htm Fri, 26 Sep 2014 16:07:20 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=341740 Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson is suing a Texas auto warranty company, alleging it uses deceptive tactics to avoid giving customers refunds. According to the lawsuit filed in Hennepin County District Court, Enterprise Financial Group Inc. of Irving, Texas, has …

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West Texas Battered by Torrential Rains http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/09/24/341532.htm Wed, 24 Sep 2014 16:46:49 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=341532 Torrential rains from the remnants of Hurricane Odile have battered West Texas, and police said on Sept. 22 they were investigating whether the death of a woman in El Paso was related to the flooding. Rainfall amounts across Texas in …

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Ballinger to Retire from Surplus Lines Stamping Office of Texas http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/09/24/341526.htm Wed, 24 Sep 2014 16:39:51 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=341526 The board of directors of the Surplus Lines Stamping Office of Texas (SLSOT) announced the retirement of Philip R. Ballinger as executive director after 22 years of distinguished service. He will remain in the post until Jan. 2, 2015. Ballinger joined the Surplus …

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Preliminary Flood Maps Available in Texas for Aransas, San Patricio Counties http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/09/23/341419.htm Tue, 23 Sep 2014 16:49:36 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=341419 Newly-released preliminary flood maps for Aransas and San Patricio counties in Texas will help residents and business owners to determine their flood risks and make informed decisions, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). County officials and FEMA are …

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$1.6M in Preparedness Grants Go to Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/09/23/341417.htm Tue, 23 Sep 2014 16:48:08 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=341417 Emergency management agencies in five states – Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas – have been awarded more than $1.6 million in preparedness grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the agency announced. In Arkansas, the grants total $149,515 and …

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Texas-Based Cut Stone Manufacturer Fined $234.9K for Safety Violations http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/09/22/341297.htm Mon, 22 Sep 2014 16:37:28 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=341297 Cut limestone manufacturer Mezger Enterprises Ltd., based in Lampasas, Texas, has been cited for 27 safety and health violations, including two willful, by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Proposed penalties total $234,900. OSHA said the …

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Texas Sets Workers’ Comp Weekly Benefit Rates for Coming Year http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/09/19/341186.htm Fri, 19 Sep 2014 16:44:08 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=341186 The Texas Department of Insurance – Division of Workers’ Compensation announced that the workers’ compensation state average weekly wage for dates of injury from Oct. 1, 2014 through Sept. 30, 2015 has been set at $860.52. The maximum weekly benefit …

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Outlook for Texas-Based Columbia Lloyds Insurance Revised to Stable http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/09/18/341027.htm Thu, 18 Sep 2014 16:35:24 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=341027 A.M. Best has revised the outlook to stable from negative and affirmed the financial strength rating of B++ (Good) and the issuer credit ratings of “bbb” of the members of Houston, Texas-based Columbia Lloyds Companies: Columbia Lloyds Insurance Company and its wholly owned and …

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$3M Auto Insurance Fraud Scheme in Texas Leads to Prison Time http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/09/17/340849.htm Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:28:41 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=340849 Two Bryan, Texas, men have been sentenced for their roles in a scheme that authorities say defrauded insurance companies of more than $3 million. Earlie Dickerson, a former office manager, was sentenced in Houston federal court to 14 years in …

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Roach Howard Smith & Barton Adds Tucker in Fort Worth http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/09/17/340802.htm Wed, 17 Sep 2014 15:28:45 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=340802 Brian Tucker joined independent insurance agency, Roach Howard Smith & Barton, as an assistant vice president in its Fort Worth, Texas, office. As a commercial property and casualty insurance sales executive, Tucker is a fourth generation producer for the agency. …

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Texas’ Oil Boom Counties See Rise in Traffic Deaths http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/09/16/340560.htm Tue, 16 Sep 2014 14:06:34 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=340560 Vehicle crash deaths are significantly up in parts of Texas where oil and gas production is booming the most. The Houston Chronicle reports that deaths rose more than 50 percent in the West Texas counties located on the Permian Basin. …

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Texas Pickup Trucks Stolen the Most: NICB Report http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/09/16/340551.htm Tue, 16 Sep 2014 13:56:45 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=340551 Pickup trucks have become a favorite target by vehicle thieves according to a new report released by the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB). Between Jan. 1, 2010 and Dec. 31, 2013, 9,441 pickup trucks were reported stolen. Full-sized pickup trucks …

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Texas Sees Decrease in Fatal Occupational Injuries in 2013 http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/09/11/340294.htm Thu, 11 Sep 2014 23:20:27 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=340294 In 2013, there were 493 fatal occupational injuries in Texas, an 8 percent decrease from 536 in 2012, the Texas Department of Insurance reported. The figures are based on preliminary data released release by the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau …

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Austin to Buy Out 300 More Storm-Flooded Homes http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/09/11/340223.htm Thu, 11 Sep 2014 16:03:31 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=340223 Leaders of a Central Texas city have approved a $3.5 billion annual budget that includes buying out about 300 more homes in flood-prone areas. The Austin City Council on Tuesday approved next year’s budget and spending $78 million for residences …

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Georgiou, Gladwell, Lefebvre Join Ascot Underwriting in Houston http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/09/09/340049.htm Wed, 10 Sep 2014 02:44:18 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=340049 London-based Ascot Underwriting Ltd. has appointed Banos Georgiou as chairman, Diana Gladwell as senior vice president, and Devin Lefebvre as vice president of Ascot Underwriting Inc. in Houston. The team will report to John Flower, president and chief underwriting officer …

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Roach Howard Smith & Barton Adds Stalcup in Fort Worth http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/09/09/339828.htm Tue, 09 Sep 2014 05:32:15 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=339828 Jamie Stalcup has joined Texas-based independent insurance brokerage Roach Howard Smith & Barton as a personal client advisor for personal lines insurance sales in the agency’s Fort Worth office. Stalcup began her insurance career in 2005 and has specialized in …

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Anchor Insurance to Acquire Southeast Surplus Underwriters and Affiliates http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/09/08/339816.htm Mon, 08 Sep 2014 05:59:09 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=339816 Anchor Insurance Holdings is purchasing Beaumont, Texas-based Southeast Surplus Underwriters General Agency, Spindletop Premium Finance, and Ranchers and Farmers Insurance Co. from Mirage Interest Inc., the companies reported. According to information posted on its website, Mirage Interest is a descendant …

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Berkshire Hathaway GUARD Names Lewis Director of Regional Sales http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/09/08/339679.htm Mon, 08 Sep 2014 05:25:12 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=339679 Berkshire Hathaway GUARD Insurance Companies promoted Jim Lewis to director of regional sales for the central region of the country. Lewis will oversee sales operations in Arkansas, Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Texas and Wisconsin. Prior to his …

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U.S. Risk Opens New Office in Fort Worth, Texas http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/09/05/339671.htm Fri, 05 Sep 2014 05:17:27 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=339671 Dallas-based managing general agency and surplus lines wholesaler, U.S. Risk Insurance Group Inc., has opened a new office in Fort Worth, Texas. The new office is initially staffed with underwriters from the energy and commercial underwriting divisions of U.S. Risk. …

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Church Funding Emergency Alert System for West, Texas http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/09/04/339646.htm Thu, 04 Sep 2014 16:50:30 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=339646 A church in the small Texas city devastated by a fertilizer plant explosion is funding an emergency alert system for the town’s residents. The system will allow West officials to deliver an automated phone message to residents in the case …

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Use of Hand-Held Cell Phones While Driving Banned in Austin http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/09/02/339204.htm Tue, 02 Sep 2014 16:19:04 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=339204 The Austin, Texas, City Council has approved a law banning the use of hand-held cellphones and many other portable electronic devices while driving. The Austin American-Statesman reports the city council approved the law on Aug. 28. It takes effect Jan. …

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Parker Named New CEO of USAA http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/08/29/339063.htm Fri, 29 Aug 2014 16:29:42 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=339063 Stuart Parker, currently chief operating officer at San Antonio-based USAA has been named to succeed current CEO Joe Robles when he retires at the end of February 2015. USAA Capital Corporation President Carl Liebert will succeed Parker in the role …

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Endris, Parker Join Higginbotham/Swantner & Gordon in Texas http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/08/29/339054.htm Fri, 29 Aug 2014 16:13:57 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=339054 Commercial insurance brokers Aaron Endris and Bryan Parker joined the Swantner & Gordon branch office of Higginbotham in Corpus Christi, Texas. Endris joins as manager of the bond department and Parker as associate of property/casualty insurance, concentrating his service to …

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Texas County Reaches $775K Deal in Taser Case http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/08/28/338973.htm Thu, 28 Aug 2014 16:51:14 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=338973 Bastrop County in Texas has settled a federal lawsuit for $775,000 with the family of a high school student who suffered a brain injury after a deputy shot him with a Taser. The attorney representing Noe Niño de Rivera said …

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Brownsville, Texas Ranks Second Among Safe Driving Cities http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/08/26/338609.htm Tue, 26 Aug 2014 16:32:05 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=338609 Allstate Insurance Co.’s 10th annual “Allstate America’s Best Drivers Report” ranks Brownsville, Texas, second safest among America’s 200 largest cities in terms of car collision frequency. According to the report, the average driver in Brownsville will experience an auto collision …

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Thief Targeting High End Bicycles in Austin http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/08/25/338530.htm Mon, 25 Aug 2014 16:37:40 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=338530 Austin, Texas, police say they are investigating nearly 40 nighttime burglaries in which more than 115 “high end” bicycles were stolen from garages. Police say one suspect, whose image was captured on a homeowner’s surveillance camera, is responsible for multiple …

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California-Based Palomar Specialty Insurance Expands Into More States http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/08/22/338418.htm Fri, 22 Aug 2014 16:32:38 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=338418 La Jolla, Calif.-based Palomar Specialty Insurance Co., established in February 2014 as a specialty catastrophe insurer, announced it is now licensed to write residential and commercial insurance in 14 states. Palomar Specialty initially focused on writing residential earthquake insurance, commercial …

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