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Lawsuit Accuses E-Cigarettes Makers of Targeting Kids, Deceiving Consumers
E-cigarette maker Juul Labs Inc. and Philip Morris USA Inc. were sued for illegally marketing nicotine-delivery devices to minors and deceiving consumers about the risks of vaping. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of a 19-year-old, Christian Foss, who says …

POSTED AUGUST 20, 2019 5:00 AM
Putin Vows Russian Nuclear Accident That Killed 5 Scientists Poses No Further Risk
President Vladimir Putin said there’s no risk from the explosion at a Russian military facility that caused a radiation spike and killed at least five people. “There’s no threat there and no increase in the background” radiation following the blast, …

POSTED AUGUST 20, 2019 5:00 AM
Citing Wealth Gap, Business Roundtable CEOs Say Social Responsibility Matters
Corporate America is responsible for providing economic benefits to all, not just its investors, the Business Roundtable group said on Monday. The group’s “statement of corporate purpose” was signed by the heads of more than 180 U.S. companies, including the …

POSTED AUGUST 20, 2019 5:00 AM
Blank Rome Adds Calkins, Rylaarsdam and Edri in California
Blank Rome LLP has added Mary Craig Calkins, a partner, Daniel H. Rylaarsdam, of counsel, and Sarah L. Edri as an associate along with additional professional staff to the firm’s insurance recovery group. Calkins, Rylaarsdam and Edri are based in …

POSTED AUGUST 20, 2019 5:00 AM
IICF Awards $50K Grant to California Fire Foundation for Victims
The Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation’s Western Division presented a $50,000 grant to the California Fire Foundation’s Supplying Aid to Victims of Emergency program on Aug. 16. The grant is to support Californians in need in the immediate aftermath of natural …

POSTED AUGUST 19, 2019 8:45 PM
Abry Partners Agrees to Acquire Portfolio in California from Capital Z
Abry Partners has agreed to acquire Lake Forest, Calif.-based Portfolio Holding Inc. from Capital Z Partners LP. The deal is subject to normal and customary closing conditions. Terms were not disclosed. All of Portfolio’s current management team will remain in …

POSTED AUGUST 19, 2019 5:13 PM
Best Agencies to Work For Award Nominations Open. Submit Today!
Do you love your agency? Is your agency a Best Place to Work? Then don’t wait – nominate your agency today as a “Best Agency to Work For” in 2019. You must be a current employee of the agency you …

POSTED AUGUST 19, 2019 4:22 PM
PG&E Shares Dive on Risk of up to $18B in Wildfire Lawsuit Costs
PG&E Corp. shares plunged Monday after a judge ruled that a jury can determine whether it should pay as much as $18 billion in damages to wildfire victims. The California utility giant fell as much 28%, to $10.22, at 9:35 …

POSTED AUGUST 19, 2019 4:12 PM
Underwriters Get Picky and Other Trends in Construction Insurance
Construction insurance specialists say their insurance market is strong with plenty of capacity and underwriters competing for the best accounts. According to specialists interviewed by Insurance Journal for their assessment of the market, the boom in the construction business has …

POSTED AUGUST 19, 2019 3:50 PM
AI-Underwritten Insurance Premiums to Go From $1.3B to $20B Globally by 2024: Juniper
The value of global insurance premiums underwritten by artificial intelligence will exceed $20 billion by 2024, up from an estimated $1.3 billion in 2019, according to new data from Juniper Research. This growth will be driven by streamlined underwriting processes, …

POSTED AUGUST 19, 2019 2:53 PM

News releases

Welcome to Flash Flood Alley. Do you have flood insurance?
The Texas Hill Country has had three 100-year floods in the last six years. If you don’t have flood insurance, it’s time to consider it.

POSTED AUGUST 19, 2019
New state law cracks down on roof scams
A new state law makes it clear that it’s illegal for a contractor or roofer to waive an insurance deductible.

POSTED AUGUST 07, 2019
State files lawsuit against Aliera Healthcare
The State of Texas has filed a lawsuit seeking to stop Aliera Healthcare from selling health insurance in Texas and engaging in the business of insurance without a state license. The lawsuit also seeks civil penalties. After filing the lawsuit June 13 in the 53rd Civil District Court in Travis County (Cause Number D-1-GN-19-003388), TDI dismissed the administrative action pending with the State Office of Administrative Hearings.

POSTED JULY 19, 2019
DWC Hosts Regional Workplace Safety Seminar on August 20 in Dallas
The Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) offers a Regional Safety Seminar on August 20 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Meadows Conference Center, 2900 Live Oak Street in Dallas. The seminar provides employers and employees affordable training on common causes of preventable workplace injuries and fatalities and on current and upcoming regulations in the occupational safety and health fields.

POSTED JULY 09, 2019
What you need to know about fireworks
More than 9,000 people went to emergency rooms with fireworks injuries last year and five died, including a Texas man. The Texas State Fire Marshal’s Office offers these tips to have fun with fireworks and stay safe.

POSTED JUNE 27, 2019
New Protections for Injured Employees
The Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) is working on rules to enact new legislation that prevents injured employees from getting surprise medical bills after receiving treatment at federal military facilities.

POSTED JUNE 27, 2019
DWC Hosts Regional Workplace Safety Seminar on August 8 in Austin
The Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) offers a Regional Safety Seminar on August 8 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Texas Division of Workers’ Compensation, 7551 Metro Center Drive in Austin. The seminar provides employers and employees affordable training on common causes of preventable workplace injuries and fatalities and current and upcoming regulations in the occupational safety and health fields.

POSTED JUNE 19, 2019
Four Companies Earn Safety Award
The Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) recognized four Texas companies for exemplary workplace safety programs and low rates of work-related injuries and illnesses by renewing their Lone Star Safety Program awards for a second time.

POSTED JUNE 05, 2019
DWC Hosts Regional Workplace Safety Seminar on July 11 in Waco
The Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) offers a Regional Safety Seminar on July 11 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Education Service Center, Region 12, 2101 West Loop 340 in Waco. The seminar provides employers and employees affordable training on common causes of preventable workplace injuries and fatalities and regulations in the occupational safety and health fields.

POSTED MAY 30, 2019
Focus group helps TDI test, improve consumer information
How can an agency full of policy wonks, lawyers, and actuaries make sure it's using plain language? The Texas Department of Insurance uses a volunteer focus group to test its materials.

POSTED MAY 29, 2019

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