Insurance Journal » Texas http://www.insurancejournal.com Insurance Journal delivers the latest business news for the Property/Casualty insurance industry Fri, 29 Aug 2014 21:12:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 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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Despite Murder Charge, Texas Woman Gets Insurance Payout http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/08/21/338320.htm Thu, 21 Aug 2014 16:33:22 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=338320 A judge has awarded the payout of trucking magnate Bill Hall Jr.’s life insurance policy to Hall’s widow, who’s charged with murdering her husband. Bexar County Probate Judge Tom Rickhoff has ordered that Frances A. Hall receive about $310,000 from …

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U.S. Attorney: Texas Man Guilty in Auto Insurance Fraud Case http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/08/20/338259.htm Thu, 21 Aug 2014 01:35:45 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=338259 A 42-year-old Nederland, Texas, man has pleaded guilty to federal violations related to fraudulent insurance claims in the Eastern District of Texas, U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced. Antonio Govea Figueroa pleaded guilty to wire fraud charges before U.S. Magistrate …

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Kretiv Joins XL Group Distribution & Network Team in Dallas http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/08/19/338111.htm Tue, 19 Aug 2014 16:59:51 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=338111 XL Group’s North America distribution and network team has added Michael Kretiv as vice president and client distribution leader. Based in XL’s Dallas office, Kretiv reports to Wayne Speeg, XL Group’s regional leader – South Central. Kretiv joins XL Group …

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Burns Joins Worldwide Facilities in Houston http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/08/13/337458.htm Wed, 13 Aug 2014 16:38:11 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=337458 National wholesale insurance broker and managing general agent, Worldwide Facilities Inc., announced that Rick Burns has joined its Houston office as senior vice president and product development officer. Worldwide’s Houston office primarily serves the energy and marine markets. Burns spent the …

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Texas Plastics Plant Hit with $174K Fine for Safety and Health Violations http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/08/12/337381.htm Tue, 12 Aug 2014 16:35:10 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=337381 Plastic Systems LLC in El Paso, Texas, was cited by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration for 21 safety and health violations, including six repeat, for failing to develop adequate lockout/tagout procedures to control the unexpected startup of …

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Florida Firm Adding Jobs at Health Insurance Call Center in Texas http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/08/07/337069.htm Thu, 07 Aug 2014 16:26:56 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=337069 A Florida call center company plans to add about 400 jobs in Central Texas to assist people seeking federal health insurance coverage. C3/CustomerContactChannels currently employs about 600 workers in McGregor, near Waco. Officials with Plantation, Fla.-based C3 announced the additional …

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Cornell Named State Auto Western Region Financial Officer http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/08/06/336942.htm Wed, 06 Aug 2014 15:48:33 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=336942 Thornton Cornell has been named regional financial officer for State Auto’s Western Region. Cornell, a CPA, will be based in Austin, Texas. Cornell brings to this new role a vast knowledge and experience working in the property/casualty insurance industry in …

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Threlkeld & Co. Insurance Promotes Glover to VP, Commercial Lines http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/08/04/336745.htm Tue, 05 Aug 2014 00:54:16 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=336745 East Texas-based Threlkeld & Company Insurance (TCI) has promoted Dustin Glover to the position of vice president of commercial lines. Glover joined TCI five years ago as a producer, primarily writing oil and gas business. Threlkeld & Company Insurance (TCI) …

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Miller Joins Berkshire Hathaway Travel Protection in Texas http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/08/04/336741.htm Tue, 05 Aug 2014 00:47:34 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=336741 Berkshire Hathaway Travel Protection (BHTP) expanded its national sales force by hiring Bill Miller as executive vice president – sales. He is based in Grapevine, Texas. In joining BHTP, Miller is reuniting with BHTP President John Noel. Noel hired Miller …

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Texas Jury Enters $27M Verdict Against McDonald’s http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/08/04/336687.htm Mon, 04 Aug 2014 16:17:06 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=336687 McDonald’s Corp. lost a $27 million jury verdict in Texas over a claim that lax security at one of its restaurants led to the deaths of two teenagers, an award litigators say is unlikely to survive appeal. The victims in …

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Baton Rouge-Area Among Top Gainers for New Construction Jobs http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/08/01/336540.htm Fri, 01 Aug 2014 16:30:35 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=336540 Large amounts of construction in the Baton Rouge, La.-area has led the region to be named among the top gainers in the nation for new construction jobs. NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reports the recognition was announced on July 30 in a report …

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Dhandho Acquiring Louisiana’s Stonetrust Commercial Mutual Insurance http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/07/31/336332.htm Thu, 31 Jul 2014 16:44:18 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=336332 Stonetrust Commercial Mutual Insurance Holding Co. announced it has agreed to be acquired by Dhandho Holdings LP and Dhandho Holdings Qualified Purchaser LP, based in Irvine, Calif. Stonetrust is a Louisiana-based mutual insurance holding company and the parent company of …

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Safety National Casualty Corp. Opens Dallas Regional Office http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/07/30/336185.htm Wed, 30 Jul 2014 16:34:44 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=336185 Safety National Casualty Corp., a provider of excess workers’ compensation insurance and large casualty multi-line offerings, has opened a regional office in Dallas, Texas. The Dallas office is the sixth regional office opened by Safety National in the past five …

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Worldwide Facilities Adds Burns in Texas http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/07/30/336177.htm Wed, 30 Jul 2014 16:19:38 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=336177 Wholesale insurance broker and managing general agent, Worldwide Facilities Inc., announced that Rick Burns has joined its Houston, Texas, office as senior vice president and product development officer. Worldwide’s Houston office primarily serves the energy and marine market. Burns spent …

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Important Facts about Texas Fertilizer Blast May Be Sealed in Lawsuits http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/07/28/335940.htm Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:19:18 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=335940 Valuable health and safety information about the 2013 fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas, could be hidden from the public forever because a judge has approved confidentiality agreements for more than a dozen lawsuits relating to the case. The agreements …

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Fertilizer Makers Place Blame on City in West, Texas, Explosion http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/07/28/335937.htm Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:17:16 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=335937 Two fertilizer companies sued following a deadly Texas explosion are claiming the small town deserves blame for failing to properly train volunteer firefighters and first responders, who made up most of the 15 people killed by the blast. El Dorado …

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Austin Police Officers Sue for Discrimination After Reassignments http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/07/25/335837.htm Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:49:34 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=335837 Some Austin, Texas, police officers are suing the city for what they say was race and age discrimination in job assignments. The Austin American-Statesman reports 18 officers filed the lawsuit Wednesday. The officers say they were forced out of the …

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Fees Plus Commissions Allowed for Retail Insurance Agents in Texas http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/07/25/335814.htm Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:23:37 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=335814 Retail insurance agents in Texas are allowed to charge certain fees in addition to a commission in relation to selling an insurance policy, but those fees must be disclosed to the customer. “Texas is one of the few states that …

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LevelFirst Adds Taylor as Senior Underwriter/Broker in Dallas http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/07/23/335645.htm Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:34:46 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=335645 LevelFirst, a wholesale broker and managing general agency based in Dallas, Texas, announced Ryan Taylor has joined the company as a senior underwriter/broker. Taylor brings 10 years of wholesale experience to the company. He will be responsible for underwriting all …

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Texas Man to Pay $42.1K Restitution for Home Repair Fraud in Oklahoma http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/07/22/335384.htm Tue, 22 Jul 2014 04:43:19 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=335384 After a four-year pursuit, the Oklahoma Attorney General’s Office says it has secured $42,158 in restitution from a Texas man for Oklahoma victims of home repair fraud. The office said that Randy Leroy Madewell of Danbury, Texas, was charged in …

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Greater Texas Insurance Managers and Agency Merges with BKCW Insurance http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/07/21/335249.htm Mon, 21 Jul 2014 05:45:33 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=335249 Independent insurance agency BKCW L.P. of Killeen, Texas, and Greater Texas Insurance Managers and Agency of Austin merged operations effective July 1, 2014. Greater Texas Insurance Managers and Agency will continue to do business at its current location on Anderson …

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Rebates, Referrals and Rewards in Texas — What’s OK and What’s Not? http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/07/21/335146.htm Mon, 21 Jul 2014 05:19:06 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=335146 What are the rules governing insurance agents in Texas on rebates, referrals and rewards, and why do they matter? For starters, at a minimum, an agent could lose their license for violating rules regarding such activities. And, they could potentially be …

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Trucking Company Owner Pleads Guilty in Missouri to Cargo Theft Scheme http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/07/18/335245.htm Fri, 18 Jul 2014 16:35:25 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=335245 A Memphis, Tenn., business owner pleaded guilty in federal court to his role in a cargo theft scheme that included a theft in West Plains, Mo. Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that Earl …

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Central Insurance Promotes Mansfield to Regional VP in Dallas http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/07/17/335164.htm Fri, 18 Jul 2014 01:03:38 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=335164 The Central Insurance Companies promoted Steven Mansfield to regional vice president of its Southwest regional office in Dallas, Texas. Mansfield replaces Tim Rauch, who has been promoted to vice president of marketing in the group’s home office in Van Wert, Ohio. …

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