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Surplus Line Premium Increased by 6.4% Nationwide in 2017

All 15 surplus lines service offices across the United States experienced increases in excess and surplus lines insurance premium in 2017, the Surplus Lines Stamping Office of Texas reported. U.S. surplus line premium totaled $28.1 billion, an increase of 6.4 …

Surplus Line Premium Increased by 6.4% Nationwide in 2017

All 15 surplus lines service offices across the United States experienced increases in excess and surplus (E&S) lines insurance premium in 2017, the Surplus Lines Stamping Office of Texas (SLTX) reports. U.S. surplus line premium totaled $28.1 billion, an increase …

Oregon City Tightening Demolition Rules over Lead, Asbestos

Portland, Ore., is aiming to crackdown on toxic emissions by requiring developers to more thoroughly search for lead paint and asbestos before demolishing houses. The city council adopted rules that require those who seek to knock down a house to …

Work-Related Deaths Decline in Louisiana

The number of work-related fatalities in Louisiana decreased in 2016, despite an uptick in work-related fatalities nationally that year, according to the Louisiana Workforce Commission. Citing the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, the LWC …

Regulators Cite 4 Employers in Deadly 2017 Explosion in Colorado

Federal regulators have cited four employers, including the largest oil and gas producer in Colorado, for exposing employees to health and safety hazards in connection with a May 2017 explosion that killed one employee and burned others. The Denver Post …

Oklahoma Recovers Over $3M for Consumers in 2017

The Oklahoma Insurance Department (OID) recovered more than $3 million for policyholders in 2017. The money was paid out to Oklahomans who had claim disputes with their insurance company. OID’s Consumer Assistance/Claims Division, which processes and investigates complaints lodged by …

New Mexico Appeals Court Upholds Ruling in $165M Suit Against FedEx

The New Mexico Court of Appeals has upheld the ruling in a $165 million lawsuit against FedEx filed after a deadly accident involving a contracted FedEx truck. The 2011 crash west of Las Cruces killed three people including the truck …

TDI: Nearly 670K Property Insurance Claims Generated in Texas by Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Harvey resulted in nearly 670,000 in combined personal and commercial property insurance claims to private insurers, the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association (TWIA) and the Texas Fair Access to Insurance Requirements Plan (FAIR Plan), insurance regulators said in a presentation …

Oregon Jury Won’t Award Boy Who Contracted Herpes at Birth

An Oregon jury has declined to award any money to a 4-year-old boy who suffered profound brain damage after he contracted herpes from his mother at birth. Attorneys for Jonah Johnson had sought $46.5 million, saying obstetrician-gynecologist Dr. Carrie Miles …

Texas Appeals Court: Federal Law Preempts State on Air Ambulance Fees

A Texas appeals court has ruled that federal law, as opposed to state regulation, prevails when it comes to the amount an air ambulance service may charge insurance companies for its services. The Austin Court of Appeals’ ruling reverses previous …

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