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Bill Would Expand Louisiana’s Medical Marijuana Program

State lawmakers are poised to greatly expand Louisiana’s medical marijuana to make more people eligible for the treatment, under a bill that continued on May 20 to speed toward final passage. The proposal from Rep. Larry Bagley, the Republican chairman …

Texas Insurer Germania Extending Auto Premium Paybacks Through June

Texas-based farm mutual insurance company, Germania Insurance, is extending its Reduced Driving Payback through June, raising its total reimbursement to policyholders to nearly $9 million in credits. Germania announced its Reduced Driving Payback program in April for personal auto policyholders. …

Texas Agency Sleeper Sewell Insurance Joins Insurors Group

Dallas-based independent insurance agency, Sleeper Sewell Insurance, has joined Insurors Group LLC, an alliance of independent insurance agents in Texas. Sleeper Sewell Insurance was originally founded as Dwight Sleeper & Company in 1962 by Dwight W. Sleeper, Jr. In 2006, …

Possible Virus Exposure Shut Louisiana OMV Office the Day it Reopened

Coronavirus fears closed a Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles location near New Orleans the same morning that it reopened after a two-month pandemic closure. The office in Harvey was notified that someone in the building might have been in contact …

Suit: ADT Employee Spied on Texas Customers Via Home Security Systems

Two federal class-action lawsuits have been filed against ADT, one of the largest security companies in the country, alleging that an employee spied on customers and children in Texas over a seven-year period through their home security cameras. The lawsuits, …

Service American, Tangram Insurance Partner on Workers’ Comp Program

Service American Indemnity Co. (SAIC), a national workers’ compensation carrier, is partnering with Tangram Insurance Services Inc. (Tangram), a managing general underwriter and program manager, to enhance Tangram’s Social Service Workers Compensation Program. SAIC is a subsidiary of Texas-based Service …

TDI Says License Renewal Extension Ends May 31; Issues Cat Area Data Call

The Texas Department of Insurance has issued a reminder to agents and adjusters that the extension to renew resident licenses and complete continuing education due to the COVID-19 crisis ends May 31. For licenses that expired in March, April or …

Journalist’s Spouse Sues Aircraft Owners, Insurers Over Deadly Louisiana Crash

The husband of a broadcast journalist who was killed in a Louisiana plane crash along with four others has filed a lawsuit against the aircraft’s owners and insurers, as well as the pilot’s estate. Steven Ensminger Jr., the son of …

Texas Storage Tank Facility Cited for Safety Hazards, Fined $234.5K

Alexander Tank Company – a manufacturer of steel storage tanks based in Luling, Texas – has been cited by federal regulators for repeat safety and health hazards and fined $234,528. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited Alexander …

Louisiana Senate OKs Bill Aimed at Curbing Car Accident Lawsuits

The Louisiana Senate has agreed to change the rules for lawsuits over car wrecks, aiming to limit damage claims against insurance companies and other businesses. The Senate voted 29-8 for the bill by Republican Sen. Kirk Talbot of River Ridge. …

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