Insurance Journal » Texas http://www.insurancejournal.com Insurance Journal delivers the latest business news for the Property/Casualty insurance industry Fri, 24 Apr 2015 17:14:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.2 Measure Would Ban Red Light Cameras in Texas http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/04/24/365613.htm Fri, 24 Apr 2015 16:37:40 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=365613 Texas could put red light cameras in the rearview mirror under a bill that has cleared the Texas Senate. Republican Sen. Bob Hall said that red light cameras “have failed miserably” before his bill was sent over to the House. …

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Spracklen Joins Texas’ Roach Howard Smith & Barton as VP http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/04/23/365483.htm Thu, 23 Apr 2015 16:26:25 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=365483 Julia Miller Spracklen, J. D. has joined Texas-based independent insurance brokerage firm, Roach Howard Smith & Barton, as vice president of risk services, responsible for overseeing the employees and function of the risk services department. Spracklen joins RHSB from Travelers …

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Texas Earthquake Swarm Linked to Drilling, Wastewater Injection http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/04/22/365324.htm Wed, 22 Apr 2015 16:20:22 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=365324 With real-time monitors, scientists have linked a swarm of small earthquakes west of Fort Worth, Texas, to nearby natural gas wells and wastewater injection. In 84 days from November 2013 to January 2014, the area around Azle, Texas, shook with …

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Texas Home Insurers Seek Lawsuit Protection Despite Healthy Profits http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/04/22/365313.htm Wed, 22 Apr 2015 16:02:43 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=365313 Texas home insurers saw a third straight year of healthy profits in 2014 due to higher rates and fewer severe storms across the state. But The Dallas Morning News reports a rising tide of lawsuits filed by homeowners in recent …

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InsureZone Adds Gage as VP, Business Development http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/04/21/365099.htm Tue, 21 Apr 2015 12:02:03 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=365099 Fort Worth, Texas-based InsureZone has added Renee Gage as vice president of business development. Gage brings more than 25 years of operational experience to InsureZone. She started her insurance career with Union National Life and Fire Insurance Co. Gage also …

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Wagner Joins Southwest Risk in Dallas http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/04/20/365079.htm Mon, 20 Apr 2015 15:58:10 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=365079 Dave Wagner has joined Southwest Risk LP in Dallas to serve as relationship manager. Wagner began his insurance career in 1987 in western New York and has 28 years of marketing experience. Most recently, he was with the Independent Agents Association of Texas ably …

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TWFG Founder Named Gulf Coast Entrepreneur of the Year http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/04/17/364874.htm Fri, 17 Apr 2015 16:21:28 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=364874 Richard “Gordy” Bunch, founder, president, and CEO of The Woodlands Financial Group (TWFG) has been nominated Gulf Coast Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young, making him eligible for the 2015 national award. The Entrepreneur of the Year program …

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All Risks South Central Adds Producers in Dallas, Houston, New Orleans http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/04/16/364704.htm Thu, 16 Apr 2015 16:29:50 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=364704 Insurance wholesaler All Risks Ltd. has added three new producers in the South Central region: Zach Burdine in Dallas; Alan Doyle in Houston; and Aaron Ross in New Orleans. Burdine joins the Dallas office as a broker and brings proven …

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Issuer Credit Rating of San Antonio’s National Unity Insurance Downgraded http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/04/15/364484.htm Wed, 15 Apr 2015 16:38:07 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=364484 A.M. Best downgraded the issuer credit rating (ICR) to “bbb” from “bbb+” and affirmed the financial strength rating (FSR) of B++ (Good) of National Unity Insurance Co. (National Unity) in San Antonio, Texas. The outlook for both ratings has been revised to negative …

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Texas, Louisiana Improve Building Code Rankings; More Work Needed http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/04/14/364255.htm Tue, 14 Apr 2015 16:25:58 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=364255 Texas doesn’t have the worst score in a recent ranking of state building code systems but it’s pretty close to the bottom, according to a national organization committed to improving the ability of properties throughout the nation to withstand catastrophic …

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More People Sickened by Listeria Linked to Blue Bell Ice Cream http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/04/10/364013.htm Fri, 10 Apr 2015 16:17:13 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=364013 An outbreak of a food-borne illness linked to some ice cream products made by Texas-based Blue Bell Creameries has grown to include three people in Texas who became ill, according to federal health authorities. Carol Crawford, a spokeswoman for the …

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Texas Takes Up Comprehensive Ridesharing Bill http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/04/10/364003.htm Fri, 10 Apr 2015 16:12:24 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=364003 Ridesharing giants Lyft and Uber left San Antonio in their rearview mirror after the nation’s seventh largest city restricted their operations, instead shifting their focus — and money — on convincing Texas lawmakers to allow them to operate statewide with …

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Scruggs Named CEO of Texas-Based AmWINS Specialty Auto http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/04/09/363910.htm Thu, 09 Apr 2015 23:15:56 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=363910 AmWINS Group Inc. appointed David Scruggs as chief executive officer of AmWINS Specialty Auto (ASA), based in Richardson, Texas. Scruggs previously served as president of ASA. In his new role, Scruggs will be responsible for all day-to-day leadership and operations …

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Liberty Mutual to Bring 5K Jobs to North Texas Campus http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/04/09/363854.htm Thu, 09 Apr 2015 16:46:04 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=363854 Liberty Mutual Insurance expects to have 5,000 employees working at its new campus in the Dallas suburb of Plano by the end of 2017. The nation’s third-largest insurer told employees Tuesday about the new campus, the Dallas Morning News reported. …

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Higginbotham Adds Homeowners Association Insurance Practice Group http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/04/08/363729.htm Wed, 08 Apr 2015 19:10:06 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=363729 A group of five commercial property/casualty insurance professionals led by broker Mark Conner has joined Higginbotham in Houston. The group specializes in homeowners association (HOA) insurance and loss control, serving hundreds of single family community associations in Texas. The group came from the Houston office of Willis of Texas Inc., …

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Texas-Based Energy MGAs Partner with Wild Well Control for Pollution Control http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/04/08/363702.htm Wed, 08 Apr 2015 16:10:50 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=363702 Houston-based upstream oil and gas energy managing general agent (MGA), J.H. Blades & Co. Inc., Swett & Crawford’s Dallas energy team and the recently-acquired Burke Daniels Inc., have joined forces with Wild Well Control Inc. to launch an early intervention pollution control and mitigation program for the …

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MHBT Adds Lemons as Commercial P/C Account Executive in Lubbock http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/04/07/363585.htm Wed, 08 Apr 2015 02:57:52 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=363585 Stacey Miller Lemons has joined Dallas-based insurance broker MHBT Inc. as a commercial property/casualty account executive. Lemons, who is based in Lubbock, Texas, has more than 25 years of risk management and insurance experience. Previously, she worked at Roach Howard Smith & Barton …

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Soil Shifts Lead to Speed Bumps on 85 mph Highway in Central Texas http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/04/07/363571.htm Tue, 07 Apr 2015 23:54:04 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=363571 Some speed bumps have surfaced on America’s fastest highway, prompting suggestions that drivers along stretches of Central Texas’ 85 mph toll road might want to ease back to a pokey 75 mph. About two years after it opened, orange signs …

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North Texas Man Awarded Nearly $34M in Skylight Lawsuit http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/04/07/363525.htm Tue, 07 Apr 2015 16:41:41 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=363525 A Tarrant County, Texas, jury has awarded a man almost $34 million for injuries he sustained after falling through a skylight while working on a roof. Attorneys representing 31-year-old Steven Landers had sought a $15 million judgment against skylight manufacturer …

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Texas Grocery Chain, H-E-B, Others Pull Blue Bell Products http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/04/07/363523.htm Tue, 07 Apr 2015 16:40:21 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=363523 Texas grocery chain H-E-B is pulling all Blue Bell Ice Cream from store shelves as a precaution after a recall of some of the ice cream maker’s products that were connected to three deaths in Kansas. San Antonio-based H-E-B, with …

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Texas Hospital Seeks Dismissal Of Ebola Nurse’s Lawsuit http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/04/06/363359.htm Mon, 06 Apr 2015 15:55:54 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=363359 The operator of a Dallas, Texas hospital has denied allegations of poor training and seeks dismissal of a lawsuit filed by a nurse who contracted Ebola while caring for a patient. The Dallas Morning News reported Texas Health Resources filed …

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TWIA Transfers $262M Into Catastrophe Reserve Trust Fund http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/04/06/363356.htm Mon, 06 Apr 2015 15:51:48 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=363356 The Texas Windstorm Insurance Association has transferred $262.7 million into its Catastrophe Reserve Trust Fund as a result of its 2014 operations. The transfer brings the CRTF total to its largest balance at roughly $480 million. As part of overall …

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Month-Long Austin Rideshare Challenge Shows Drivers Lack Insurance Savvy http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/04/02/362581.htm Thu, 02 Apr 2015 12:31:14 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=362581 Josh Waldrum knows from first-hand experience that most of the folks who drive for rideshare services like Uber and Lyft are not well informed about the insurance issues that insurance professionals see as problematic such as coverage gaps, and the amounts and …

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Insurance Agent One of 4 Democrats Vying for Vacant Texas House Seat http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/04/01/362948.htm Wed, 01 Apr 2015 16:27:45 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=362948 Voters in western San Antonio are choosing a successor for state Rep. Jose Menendez, who left office in February to become a Texas senator. Four Democratic candidates squaring off are former San Antonio City Council member Delicia Herrera, ex-Bexar County …

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Ratings of Texas-Based National Lloyds, American Summit Affirmed http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/03/31/362677.htm Tue, 31 Mar 2015 15:39:39 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=362677 A.M. Best has affirmed the financial strength rating (FSR) of A (Excellent) and the issuer credit ratings (ICR) of “a” of Texas-based National Lloyds Insurance Co. (National Lloyds), and its affiliate, American Summit Insurance Co. (American Summit). The outlook for National Lloyds’ ratings …

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Medical Marijuana Discussion Comes to the Texas Legislature http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/03/30/362592.htm Mon, 30 Mar 2015 23:59:48 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=362592 Calling it “an historic moment” medical marijuana advocates praised the filing of what has been deemed comprehensive medical marijuana legislation in the Texas House. Introducing the legislation at a press conference on March 17, Rep. Marisa Márquez said “it’s time …

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Mullis Newby Hurst Adds Reed as Account Executive http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/03/30/362519.htm Mon, 30 Mar 2015 15:38:44 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=362519 Texas-based Mullis Newby Hurst LP, which specializes in construction insurance and surety bonds in the Southwest, recently hired Doug Reed as an account executive. Previously Reed was director of business development for Chem Can Services LLC and a financial representative …

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One Killed by Falling Beams After 18-Wheeler Hits Texas Bridge http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/03/27/362381.htm Fri, 27 Mar 2015 16:27:48 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=362381 One man was reported killed and three injured on March 26 after a tractor trailer truck hit the FM 2484 overpass bridge on Interstate 35 in Central Texas, causing beams to fall on the traffic below. The bridge near the town of Salado, …

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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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