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Weston’s Texas, Louisiana Policies to be Canceled September 7

Weston Property & Casualty Insurance Co. policies in Texas and Louisiana will be canceled on September 7 after the Florida-based insurer was ordered to end operations in early August after going insolvent. The Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) said Weston …

Pair of Texas Companies Earn Safety Awards

The Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) renewed two Texas companies’ Lone Star Safety Awards for their exemplary workplace safety programs and low rates of work-related injuries and illnesses. The companies include Pond and Company in Pasadena …

Public Adjusting Firm Accused of Pocketing Insurer Payouts in Texas, Louisiana

The Texas Department of Insurance says a public adjusting firm that was sanctioned last month by Louisiana regulators has pocketed more than $300,000 in insurer payouts intended for Texas property owners. TDI is asking the Texas State Office of Administrative …

Louisiana Car Maintenance Operator Cited for Waiting to Report Stabbing

Federal safety inspectors have cited the operator of several Baton Rouge-area car wash, oil change, fueling and convenience store locations after a workplace violence investigation into the stabbing of an assistant manager on Feb. 6, 2022. The employee was treated …

Wife of Former Texas Trucking Magnate Charged in Workers’ Comp Fraud Scheme

The Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) announced last week that Francis Hall, the former co-owner of Bill Hall Jr. Trucking turned herself into Bexar County authorities. There had been a warrant out for Hall’s arrest since …

What’s Next for Alex Jones After $49 Million Verdict?

The nearly $50 million defamation verdict against Alex Jones for his years of lies about the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre is far from a final reckoning. Jones’ attorneys plan to appeal and try to lower the price tag a …

People: McGriff Names Hodo as Chief Strategic Growth Officer

Truist subsidiary McGriff, an insurance broker, has announced that Doug Hodo will rejoin the firm as chief strategic growth officer, based in Texas. Hodo spent the past year working as director of large relationships for a national brokerage. Previously he …

Texas Department of Insurance Warns of Scammer Posing as Employee

The Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) is urging consumers to be wary of phone calls or other communications from anyone claiming to be a representative of TDI. TDI will call you only when you ask for assistance. TDI’s Fraud Unit …

Louisiana Oil Spill Cleanup Underway After Tank Platform Collapse

An oil spill cleanup is underway at a site where an oil tank platform collapsed in a Louisiana bay, the Coast Guard said. The spill of crude oil occurred at Hilcorp’s Caillou Island facility in Terrebonne Bay, Louisiana, according to …

5th Circuit: Employer Fired for Sleepwalking Loses ADA Case

An employee fired for unsolicitedly sleepwalking into a colleague’s hotel room during an out-of-town conference has no disability discrimination claim, a three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last month. Jennifer Harkey, a sales specialist for …

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