Articles by Stephanie K. Jones

Oklahoma’s Medical Malpractice ‘Affidavit of Merit’ Law Ruled Unconstitutional

In an unpublished opinion decided Oct. 24, the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled that a state law aimed at curtailing the filing of medical malpractice lawsuits is unconstitutional. The Court came to that conclusion in reviewing John v. Saint Francis Hospital, …

Texas Windstorm Insurance Association Request to Raise Liability Limits Disapproved

Texas Insurance Commissioner Kent Sullivan has declined to approve a request by the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association to raise the maximum limits of liability on windstorm and hail policies. TWIA in August filed a request to increase the limits for …

North Dakota’s Godfread ‘Excited’ About Technological Innovations in Insurance

North Dakota’s insurance commissioner is bullish on the technological innovations that are occurring within the insurance industry and wants his state to be in the forefront of experimenting with and testing new insurance products and developments. Though in terms of …

SILVER Best Agency to Work For – Esser Hayes Insurance Group

One of the hallmarks of Esser Hayes Insurance Group is that its employees tend to stick around for a long, long time — not because they have to but because they find the agency to be a challenging, fun and …

Texas Harvey Recovery Czar Says Insurance Industry Needs to ‘Step Up’

The insurance industry in Texas is not happy with the state’s so-called Hurricane Harvey recovery czar. Texas A&M University Chancellor John Sharp, who was named by Gov. Greg Abbott to lead the Commission to Rebuild Texas, drew a quick response …

Oklahoma’s High Court Strikes Down Another Provision of the State’s Workers’ Comp Law

The Oklahoma Supreme Court, by a vote of 5 to 3, with one recusal, has overturned another part of Oklahoma’s workers’ compensation law. The Court on Oct. 3 ruled in Brandon Gibby v. Hobby Lobby, filed by Hobby Lobby Stores …

SILVER Best Agency to Work For – Insgroup

Even before its offices were inundated with 10 feet of water by Hurricane Harvey, Insgroup’s employees were proclaiming the agency’s virtues and lobbying for its inclusion as an Insurance Journal Best Agency to Work For. But Houston-based Insgroup, the 2017 …

Head of Texas’ Harvey Recovery Effort Says Agents Need to ‘Step Up’ on Damage Claims

The insurance industry in Texas is not happy with the state’s so-called Hurricane Harvey recovery czar. Texas A&M University Chancellor John Sharp, who was named by Gov. Greg Abbott to lead the Commission to Rebuild Texas, drew a quick response …

GOLD Best Agency to Work For – Midwest: Gibson

As one employee stated: “This is not a great place to work — Gibson is the BEST place to work.” That’s the sentiment expressed by numerous employees at Indiana-based Gibson, which was selected as this year’s Best Agency to Work …

GOLD Best Agency to Work For – South Central: BKCW

Employees at BKCW say there’s a lot to like at the Central Texas-based insurance agency, including its hiring practices, its friendly culture, its leadership, its outstanding reputation and its growth-with-balance attitude. All that, plus the fact that it has been …