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Oklahoma Woman Blaming Fracking for Injury After Quake Can Sue

New Dominion LLC can be sued by an Oklahoma woman injured when her fireplace fell on her during an earthquake that she blames on disposal wells tied to fracking. Tuesday’s ruling by the Oklahoma Supreme Court reversed a lower-court decision …

Oklahoma Considers Tougher Drilling Rules After Spike in Quakes

A spike in earthquakes across Oklahoma is forcing the state’s energy regulator to urgently consider tougher restrictions on drilling activity, a spokesman said on Wednesday, calling it a “game changer.” From June 17 to 24, there have been 35 earthquakes …

Louisiana Parish Sheriff Bucks Nationwide Body Camera Trend

Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand says he’s usually one to embrace cutting-edge technology, including drones and automatic license plate readers, but he’s skeptical about putting body cameras on his deputies. Normand said the cameras are expensive to use and flawed …

Insurers: Watch Out What Contracts You Reference In Your Insurance Policies

Taking a page from the Texas Supreme Court’s insurance coverage decision arising from the Deep Water Horizon oil spill, on June 10, 2015 the 5th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals read oilfield drilling contract limitations into insurance policies purchased to …

Louisiana Red River Flooding too Much for Some

The flooding Red River in rural northwest Louisiana is reaching levels not seen since the 1940s, sending people scrambling to protect their homes, property and livestock. Along the river on Friday, family, friends, neighbors and volunteers pitched in to build …

MarketScout Hires Thompson as Claim Services Manager

MarketScout named Kirt Thompson as the new claim services manager. Thompson is based in the corporate office in Dallas, Texas. Prior to joining MarketScout, Thompson served as the corporate workers’ compensation manager for one of the world’s largest plastic manufacturers. …

Federal Judge Will Set Chinese Drywall Damages for 2,700 Homeowners

Lawyers for homeowners in seven states say they have a simple way to help the 2,700 who have spent years in what lawyers call a toxic environment caused by Chinese drywall. Chris Seeger told U.S. District Judge Eldon Fallon as …

Amplifying Louisiana’s Anti-Annulment Statute

Louisiana is among a small number of states that have enacted anti-annulment statutes applying to all liability insurance policies, and not just automobile liability insurance policies. LA. R.S. § 22:262 provides: “No insurance contract insuring against loss or damage through …

Texas Flooding Damaged Nearly 10,000 Insured Vehicles

An estimated 7,000 to 10,000 insured vehicles sustained water damage as a result of the recent flooding in Texas. That’s the current estimate from Copart, a company that works on behalf of insurers to handle the vehicles damaged in catastrophes. …

Federal Judge Bars Texas Telemedicine Rules From Taking Effect

A federal judge has determined claims made by the Texas Medical Board in adopting new telemedicine rules were “suspect” and barred the rules from taking effect until a civil trial can be held in lower court. Friday’s ruling by U.S. …

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