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Texas DOI Takes Over More Windstorm Compliance Certifications on June 1

The Texas Department of Insurance will soon be taking on additional responsibility for issuing Certificates of Compliance for coverage from the state’s insurer of last resort for wind and hail for properties in areas along the Gulf Coast. Effective June …

Houston International Insurance Group Appoints Robinson as CEO

Andrew Robinson has been named chief executive officer at Houston International Insurance Group Ltd. (HIIG). Robinson takes over from HIIG’s founder and outgoing CEO, Stephen L. Way, who has resigned as chairman of the board but will continue to serve …

North Texas Region Pummeled by Large Hail, Tornadoes

Storms carrying large hail and damaging winds, including tornadoes, caused severe damage to parts of North Texas, officials said on May 23. The town of Bowie, about 65 miles (105 kilometers) northwest of Fort Worth, was hit hard by one …

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 …

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