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Not all Victims Will Receive Aid From Louisiana Flood Recovery Programs

Gov. John Bel Edwards’ administration is struggling with a problem that has become all too common for Louisiana’s governors: How do you pick the winners and losers among disaster victims as you divvy up federal aid? Louisiana’s received $1.6 billion …

Louisiana Workers’ Comp Insurance Costs Drop

Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon says the cost of workers’ compensation policies for Louisiana businesses has dropped for a fourth straight year. The state insurance department announced this week that it had approved a 9.8 percent statewide decrease in workers’ compensation …

Houston Sewer Crews Keep Busy With Barbies and Bacon Grease

Aaron McCall had fed about a dozen feet of green hose into the sanitary sewer line running from Daniel Castillo’s house, blasting pressurized water toward the main city pipe, when the ground let out a deep belch. “OK,” said McCall, …

Texas DOI Re-Certifies 10 Firms to Self-Insure Workers’ Comp Claims

The Texas Department of Insurance’s Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) re-certified 10 employers to self-insure workers’ compensation claims. In total, the companies employ about 15,000 people in Texas. DWC renewed: Associated Wholesale Grocers, Inc. E.I. du Pont de Nemours and …

Waivers Of Subrogation Endorsements Are Like Onions

A recent Texas Court of Appeals decision parsing the wording of a workers’ compensation policy’s waiver of subrogation endorsement reminds us that, like an onion, a waiver endorsement has many layers and should be peeled back fully before giving up …

Texas Court Ruling Prevents Price Gouging by Air Ambulance Companies

A state district court judge in Austin has upheld the State of Texas’ right to regulate fees paid to air ambulances for transporting patients covered by workers’ compensation insurance. This case is the first in the recent national wave of …

More Quakes From Energy Drilling Expected in Oklahoma

Oklahoma regulators said last week that the number of induced earthquakes could increase as oil and gas production expands in a broad area of the state, and they’re telling energy companies that they need to be ready to shut down …

Record Texas Hailstorm Losses in 2016

In 2016, Texas suffered through another costly year of weather-related losses for homeowners and autos. Looking only at loss information through the end of September, it has been a year of record losses for hailstorms. The months of March and …

Mississippi Coast Expects Funding to Demolish Abandoned Katrina-Damaged Homes

Money to help clean up houses still damaged and unoccupied since Hurricane Katrina is expected to soon come into the Gulf Coast. The Mississippi Home Corp. is developing a program to provide funds to cities and counties throughout the state …

Massive Youth Athlete Concussion Study Launched in Texas

This week, Texas will launch what state officials say is the nation’s largest effort to track brain injuries among young athletes. The University Interscholastic League, Texas’ governing body for public high school sports, is partnering with the O’Donnell Brain Institute …

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