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Louisiana Using New Tactics to Collect Fines for Insurance Lapses

Louisiana has implemented new ways of collecting fines from people the state believes are driving without insurance. The Advocate reports the recently formed Office of Debt Recovery has the authority to extract money from bank accounts, intercept tax refunds and …

Oklahoma Gas Company Blames Bad Workmanship for Explosion

A gas utility has said bad workmanship was the cause of a Jan. 2 pipeline explosion that obliterated a northwest Oklahoma City home, damaged dozens of others and severely injured a man. Oklahoma Natural Gas cited a 3.5 inch crack …

The Parable of the Crippled Mare: Loss-Of-Use Now Recoverable in Texas Total Loss Auto Cases

Many years ago, a lawyer argued that the long-standing Texas rule prohibiting recovery of damages for loss of use of personal property, unless the property was a total loss or destroyed, was unfair. City of Canadian v. Guthrie, 87 S.W.2d 316 …

Oklahoma Governor Approves $1.4M in State Funds for Quake Research

Gov. Mary Fallin approved the use of nearly $1.4 million in state emergency funds Thursday for state agencies working to reduce the increasing number of earthquakes that have been linked to the disposal of oil and gas wastewater in Oklahoma. …

Fed Agency Says 80 Dangerous Texas Plants Pose Risk to Public Centers

Dozens of Texas plants similar to a fertilizer facility that exploded in the town of West in 2013, one of Texas’ worst industrial accidents, are still operating near schools, hospitals and residential neighborhoods, federal regulators say. A report released by …

Texas Led U.S. in Catastrophic Losses in 2015

Tornadoes, hailstorms and fires took their toll on the state last year with insured losses well over $3 billion. Texas had over three times as many claims and almost three times the dollar amount in losses as the next highest …

Program Underway to Study Texas Earthquake Increase

A program to study the recent increase in earthquakes in Texas is getting underway with management hirings and the deployment of new seismographic equipment. The TexNet Seismic Monitoring Program is being overseen by the University of Texas and bankrolled with …

Covering the Disgorgement of Legal Fees

Typical legal malpractice policies do not provide coverage for the disgorgement of attorney’s fees that were received by the insured attorney during the representation that gives rise to the malpractice claim. However, recently the United States District Court in Louisiana …

Federal Court Orders $1.6M in Claim Money Returned to BP

A federal court has ordered repayment of more than $1.6 million in claim money paid to an Alabama couple’s business after BP’s 2010 Gulf Oil Spill. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier’s order says the payment to Vision Design Management “was …

GM Ignition Switch Plaintiff Drops Case After Dream House Check ‘Fraud’

The Oklahoma mail carrier at the center of the first trial over General Motors Co.’s deadly ignition-switch defect is dropping his claims after being accused of lying to the court. Robert Scheuer, 49, will walk away from the case empty- …

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