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Texas Workers’ Comp Division Seeks Comments on Compounded Drug Rule

The Texas Department of Insurance – Division of Workers’ Compensation (TDI-DWC) is accepting comments through Feb. 20 on a compounded drug rule that was first proposed in June 2017. On June 16, 2017, DWC announced an informal draft rule to …

Former Head of Louisiana State Police Commission Files Retaliation Suit

The former executive director of the State Police Commission is suing, claiming she was retaliated against for challenging Louisiana State Police brass and calling attention to a string of illegal campaign contributions made by commission members. Cathy Derbonne, who served …

Oklahoma Says Farmowners Insurance Program Insurer, Rockingham, not Licensed

The Oklahoma Insurance Department says a farmowners insurance program being advertised in Oklahoma is not valid because the insurer, Rockingham Casualty Company, is not licensed to operate in the state. In early January, Rockingham Casualty and Edmond, Oklahoma-based FarmAssure LLC …

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. Acquires Houston’s AquaSurance

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. announced it has acquired AquaSurance LLC in Houston, Texas. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Founded in 2002 by Harry Peyton and Marshall Schoth, AquaSurance is a property/casualty broker focused exclusively on serving Texas …

Philadelphia Insurance Cos. Employees Plant Trees in Wildfire-Devastated Texas Park

Fifty Philadelphia Insurance Companies (PHLY) employees are supporting the company’s efforts to plant 80,000 trees for the third consecutive year through a two-day project near Austin, Texas. Employees have finished their second day of planting in Bastrop State Park as …

Fifth Circuit: State, Not Maritime, Law Applies in Well Services Injury Case

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans has reversed the previous findings of its own panel and a lower court, ruling that state, not maritime, law applies in a case involving a worker injury at an oil and …

Arkansas Has Lower Auto Insurance Rates than Nearby States

Arkansas has the sixteenth lowest auto insurance rates and the lower rates than any of the states it borders, the state insurance department reports. The Arkansas Insurance Department cited a study by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) that …

Idea of Texas Coastal Barrier Resurrected After Harvey

A new study suggests if the Houston area continues to boom for 60 years and sea levels rise, a direct hit to Galveston from a massive hurricane could destroy $31.8 billion worth of homes, the Houston Chronicle reports. Texas A&M …

Limestone Panels Fall 22 Floors Oklahoma City Street; Cars Damaged

Engineers are investigating why five limestone panels that had been attached to the building being renovated in downtown Oklahoma City came loose and fell 22 floors to the street below. No one was injured when the panels fell from the …

Collins Named Director of Talent at Swingle Collins & Associates

North Texas-based privately owned independent insurance agency and brokerage firm, Swingle Collins & Associates, has named LeAnn Collins as the company’s director of Talent. As a key member of the leadership team, Collins will work closely with the executive team …

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