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Insured Must Obtain Settlement Consent Where Policies Require it

Where insurance policies require written consent from the insurer to enter into any settlement agreement, it is important to remember to ask, “May I?” Failure to do so may void coverage. That is what occurred recently in One West Bank, …

More Settlements Reached in West, Texas, Plant Explosion

The town of West, Texas, and several other plaintiffs have reached settlements and partial settlements of claims stemming from a deadly explosion in the central Texas town. On April 13, 2013, a blaze heated up 30 tons of ammonium nitrate. …

Texas A&M Reveals Benefits From Possible Coastal Barrier

A new study suggests if the Houston area continues to boom for 60 years and sea levels rise, a direct hit to Galveston from a massive hurricane could destroy $31.8 billion worth of homes, the Houston Chronicle reports. Texas A&M …

Louisiana Paid $1.3M to Settle Sexual Harassment Claims Since 2009

Louisiana has paid at least $1.3 million to settle more than two dozen sexual harassment claims since mid-2009, including allegations made against college professors, judges, health care workers and one former state lawmaker, according to records released Friday. The money …

Texas DOI Reports Top 10 Insurance Fraud Cases of 2017

In 2017, Texas Department of Insurance fraud investigations resulted in 135 suspects referred for prosecution, 113 indictments, and $2.3 million in court-ordered restitution for victims. Those cases included: Gainesville clinic owner Mark Allen Cox pleaded guilty to insurance fraud and …

Despite Temporary Housing Shortage, FEMA’s $150K Disaster Trailers Often Sold

The federal government typically spends up to $150,000 apiece – not counting utilities, maintenance or labor – on the trailers it leases to disaster victims, then auctions them at cut-rate prices after 18 months of use or the first sign …

Houston Metro Continues to Struggle With Rail Safety

Collisions remain a constant along the Metro’s light rail track despite a months-long effort to improve rail safety in the Houston area. The Metropolitan Transit Authority logged November as its second-worst month for train crashes in more than a year, …

Louisiana Firm’s Co-Owner Pleads Guilty in Industrial Site Explosion

One of the owners of a company that abandoned thousands of tons of potentially explosive artillery propellant in Louisiana has admitted lying in order to be awarded federal contracts to “demilitarize” the smokeless powder, known as M6. Explo Systems co-owner …

Lack of Transparency Clouds Texas Spending After Harvey

Texas has been awarded billions in federal aid to help recover from Hurricane Harvey and the devastating flooding that followed, but it’s unclear how the state is spending its share of the money. State records don’t indicate which contracts are …

Houston Considers New Housing Project in Flood Plain

A housing developer is hoping to win approval from Houston, Texas, officials to put a 151-acre project on a former golf course where the city and Harris County have spent millions of dollars to buy out homeowners whose properties were …

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