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New Earthquake Hazard Maps for Oklahoma

The U.S. Geological Survey is expected to release a new hazard map for earthquakes in Oklahoma. The Oklahoman reports that data collection has continued with the help of the Oklahoma Geological Survey after the state recorded more earthquakes of a …

Sedgwick Chosen to Handle Louisiana’s Self-Insurance Program

A new private contractor is being hired to oversee claims processing and loss prevention services for Louisiana’s self-insurance program. The Office of Risk Management announced Friday that Sedgwick Claims Management Services Inc. was awarded a three-year contract that begins July …

Oilfield Safety a Concern as Companies Cut Costs During Downturn

A deadly oil well explosion in Texas’s Permian Basin this week offers a cautionary note of the industry’s challenges as companies cut costs during a market downturn. Even as deaths in the industry have climbed much less than the breakneck …

Houston Ship Channel Chemical Spill Cleanup Will Take Several Days

Efforts to clean up one of the nation’s busiest seaports after a collision between two vessels on the Houston Ship Channel spilled a flammable chemical were expected to take at least several days, U.S. Coast Guard officials said Tuesday. About …

BP Decides to Drop Bid to Oust Oil Spill Settlement Administrator

BP has abruptly switched legal strategies—again—in the multibillion-dollar liability fight stemming from the April 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The company dropped a campaign to oust a settlement administrator it had accused of tolerating waste and fraud. The move …

Jury Verdict Favors Texas Insurer in Hidalgo County Hail Claim Case

A Texas-based insurance company has prevailed in the first lawsuit to go to trial over claims from two massive hailstorms in Hidalgo County, Texas, in 2012. The 12-member jury in Amaro v. National Lloyds found that National Lloyds Insurance Co. …

Oklahoma Commissioner Warns Insurers on Denial of Earthquake Claims

With the dramatic increase in the number of earthquakes in Oklahoma — which some say are at least partly attributed to waste water injection wells related to the practice of hydraulic fracturing in oil and gas drilling — Oklahoma Insurance …

Suit Alleges Exxon Denied More Claims Than Paid in Tainted Fuel Case

ExxonMobil has paid more than $4.6 million to nearly 2,900 motorists impacted by the company’s production of more than 5 million gallons of tainted fuel distributed in the Baton Rouge area in March 2014. “ExxonMobil proactively honored all valid claims …

State Farm to Pay $352.5M to Settle Texas Residential Overcharge Case

A settlement has been reached in a long-running dispute between the nation’s largest homeowners’ insurer and the state of Texas over premium overcharges. The Texas Office of Public Insurance Counsel (OPIC) announced Feb. 27 that a settlement had been reached …

BP Appeals Federal Judge’s Ruling Gulf Oil Spill Size

BP Plc on Monday appealed a federal judge’s finding of the size of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, which leaves the company potentially liable to pay $13.7 billion in fines. In January, U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier in …

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