Articles by Stephanie K. Jones

AF Group Drives into Commercial Auto with Fundamental Underwriters

Lansing, Michigan-based AF Group is branching out from its traditional base in workers’ compensation into the specialty commercial auto insurance niche, driven by a new operating company — Fundamental Underwriters. With a focus on commercial trucking, Fundamental had a soft …

Dealing with It: Texas’ Never Ending Hail Problem

Texas has a hail problem. OK, from an insurance perspective, Texas has a weather problem, period, but that’s another story altogether. Back to hail. On June 6, a hailstorm walloped heavily populated areas of North Texas with baseball sized hail …

Dealing with It: Texas’ Hail Problem Is Not Going Away

Texas has a hail problem. OK, from an insurance perspective, Texas has a weather problem, period, but that’s another story altogether. Back to hail. On June 6, a hailstorm walloped heavily populated areas of North Texas with baseball sized hail …

Texas High Court: Policy Arbitration Clause Doesn’t Apply in Dispute With Non-Signatory Party

The Texas Supreme Court in late May ruled that a party to an insurance contract that mandates arbitration of disputes is not required to enter arbitration in a dispute against another party that is not a signatory to the contract. …

Insurance Exec Rescues Elderly Louisiana Woman From Kidnapping, Robbery

He wouldn’t call himself a hero, but the 83-year-old woman Dennis P. Neyland rescued from a carjack/kidnapping and robbery on the streets of downtown Baton Rouge, Louisiana, probably would. Neyland, an insurance professional and reserve officer for the Slidell, Louisiana, …

Texas Insurance Wholesalers Find Strength in Independence, Relationships

There’s no denying the robust mergers and acquisition trend among wholesale brokers in the property/casualty insurance industry nationwide, and Texas is no exception. But some Texas wholesale brokers and managing general agents (MGAs) with fiercely independent streaks say that while …

Texas Court: Policy Arbitration Clause not Valid in Dispute With Non-Signatory Party

The Texas Supreme Court in late May ruled that a party to an insurance contract that mandates arbitration of disputes is not required to enter arbitration in a dispute against another party that is not a signatory to the contract. …

Louisiana Insurance Man Rescues Elderly Woman from Kidnapping, Robbery

He wouldn’t call himself a hero, but the 83-year-old woman Dennis P. Neyland rescued from a carjack/kidnapping and robbery on the streets of downtown Baton Rouge, Louisiana, probably would. Neyland, an insurance professional and reserve officer for the Slidell, Louisiana, …

Some Texas Insurance Wholesalers Find Strength in Independence

There’s no denying the robust mergers and acquisition trend among wholesale brokers in the property/casualty insurance industry nationwide, and Texas is no exception. But some Texas wholesale brokers and managing general agents (MGAs) with fiercely independent streaks say that while …

Oklahoma Insurance Department Plans Action After Failure of Towing Claim Bill

A bill aimed at prevented insurance companies from cancelling, non-renewing or increasing consumers’ insurance premiums for filing a towing or roadside assistance claim failed to advance in Oklahoma’s legislative session, so the state’s insurance commissioner plans take regulatory action. After …