Insurance Journal » Texas http://www.insurancejournal.com Insurance Journal delivers the latest business news for the Property/Casualty insurance industry Mon, 20 Oct 2014 20:50:57 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 McCunniff Joins Texas-Based Bailey Insurance & Risk Management http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/10/20/344112.htm Mon, 20 Oct 2014 16:32:22 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=344112 Mark McCunniff has joined Bailey Insurance & Risk Management in Waco, Texas, as a commercial lines producer. McCunniff received his Risk Management & Insurance degree from Baylor University and spent three years as a middle market underwriter with The Hartford …

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Atlantic Specialty Lines Hires 32-year Insurance Industry Veteran, Suzy Popplewell-Baird http://www.insurancejournal.com/services/newswire/2014/10/16/343436.htm Thu, 16 Oct 2014 10:00:18 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=343436 Houston, TX, October 16, 2014- Atlantic Specialty Lines (ASL), a wholesale broker and specialty lines MGA offering a variety of property, casualty, auto, professional, and personal lines coverages, is announcing a major addition to their Houston office. Looking to solidify …

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Texas-Based Premium Finance Group to Be Sold to South Dakota’s MetaBank http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/10/15/343711.htm Wed, 15 Oct 2014 16:50:15 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=343711 Cecil Y. Ray Jr., chairman of AFS/IBEX and former chairman of The Rigg Group, has announced the sale of substantially all of the loan portfolio and related assets of Dallas-based AFS/IBEX Financial Services Inc. – including AFS/IBEX Financial Services Inc. of California and …

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Copper Theft Leads to 10 Year Sentence for Texas Man http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/10/15/343702.htm Wed, 15 Oct 2014 16:33:45 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=343702 A San Antonio man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for stealing copper in a ring that investigators say targeted Central Texas communication towers. Ricky Thatcher must also pay more than $163,000 to victims, including the Lower Colorado …

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Judge Halts Disposal in Louisiana of Texas Ebola-Tainted Ash http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/10/15/343708.htm Wed, 15 Oct 2014 16:31:13 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=343708 A state judge signed an order temporarily blocking ash from the incineration of a Texas Ebola victim’s belongings to be disposed of at a southwest Louisiana site. Attorney General Buddy Caldwell had sought the order to stop the soot from …

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Storms Hammer Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/10/14/343462.htm Tue, 14 Oct 2014 16:51:33 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=343462 A powerful storm system swept across Arkansas, Texas and Oklahoma late on Sunday and early Monday, killing at least one person and injuring four others, emergency officials said, as millions of people were in the path of hurricane-force winds and …

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Confie Seguros Acquires North Texas Auto Insurance Agency http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/10/09/343163.htm Thu, 09 Oct 2014 16:36:00 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=343163 Confie Seguros, a national provider of personal lines insurance, announced it has acquired the assets of Carallo Insurance Group Inc., an auto insurance agency in Garland, Texas. Huntington Beach, Calif.-based Confie has acquired and integrated more than 70 businesses since …

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Dallas Hospital’s Care of Deceased U.S. Ebola Patient Questioned http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/10/09/343159.htm Thu, 09 Oct 2014 16:27:56 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=343159 Hours after Dallas Ebola victim Thomas Eric Duncan died, his family called for an investigation into his care as top infectious disease doctors said he may have survived if his treatment had begun earlier. The family cited his initial release …

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Thousands to Get Damages in Chinese Drywall Suit, Louisiana Judge Says http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/10/08/343029.htm Wed, 08 Oct 2014 16:40:45 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=343029 A federal judge in Louisiana has ruled that nearly 4,000 homeowners who say Chinese drywall ruined their homes are eligible to share any further damages he may award in lawsuits against Taishan Gypsum Co. Ltd., a government-owned manufacturer that failed …

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Success of Ebola Lawsuits in Texas Would Have Long Odds http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/10/07/342904.htm Tue, 07 Oct 2014 16:23:30 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=342904 Potential suits against the Dallas, Texas, hospital that sent home a patient later diagnosed with Ebola face long odds in the face of state medical malpractice laws. Texas tort-reform measures have made it one of the hardest places in the …

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NSM Insurance Group Acquires Texas-Based Specialty Aviation Underwriters http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/10/02/342582.htm Thu, 02 Oct 2014 23:54:59 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=342582 NSM Insurance Group announced the acquisition of Specialty Aviation Underwriters (SAU), located in Addison, Texas. Founded over 20 years ago, SAU specializes in aviation products. NSM Insurance Group underwrites more than 20 admitted and non-admitted insurance programs nationally in very specific …

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Consultant: Austin Needs a Safety Plan for Events http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/10/02/342580.htm Thu, 02 Oct 2014 23:48:09 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=342580 A consulting firm has advised Austin, Texas, to create a safety plan limiting how many other events occur the week of the South by Southwest festival. The festival hired event consulting firm Populous after four people died and others were …

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Royalty Owners Sue Denton, Texas, Over Fracking Moratorium http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/10/02/342534.htm Thu, 02 Oct 2014 16:35:15 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=342534 A group of mineral royalty owners has sued the city of Denton over its temporary ban on hydraulic fracturing, claiming the ban violates property rights. City leaders halted fracking as they consider making their city the first in the state …

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80 People Being Monitored in Dallas Ebola Case http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/10/02/342522.htm Thu, 02 Oct 2014 16:21:00 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=342522 More than 80 people in Dallas are being monitored for symptoms of Ebola after coming into contact with patient Thomas Eric Duncan or others who Duncan had met, health officials said. The people have been asked to report to Texas …

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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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