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HTMLTexas Court Talks Insurance And Actual Cash Value
Shannon M. O'Malley; Zelle Hofmann Voelbel & Mason LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
May 20, 2015, previously published by Texas Law360 on April 8, 2015
When an insured suffers a property loss, the insurance policy defines the parameters of recovery. Typically, a property insurance policy¿s default valuation provision for a property loss is the actual cash value of the property. Calculation of the actual cash value often takes the age of the...

 

HTMLDistrict Court Figures Out What The Hail Is Going On
Brett A. Wallingford; Zelle Hofmann Voelbel & Mason LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 9, 2015, previously published by Texas Law360 on July 17, 2014
Seeing a significant increase in the number of hail damage lawsuits in her courtroom, it appears Judge Jane Boyle of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas has figured out "What the Hail is Going On." And she’s taking strong action in response to such...

 

HTMLWhy Texas Insurers Need To Report Fraudulent Hail Claims
G. Brian Odom; Zelle Hofmann Voelbel & Mason LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 9, 2015, previously published by Texas Law360 on July 8, 2014
In Amarillo, Texas, with clipboard, camera and marking chalk in hand, a seasoned insurance company adjuster climbs his ladder onto the roof of an apartment building. He’s looking for hail damage following a recent hailstorm in the area. Examining the composition shingles, he initially notes...

 

HTMLEstimates vs. Bids: Determining Insurer Obligation
Lindsey Bruning; Zelle Hofmann Voelbel & Mason LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 9, 2015, previously published by Insurance Law360 on May 9, 2014
The typical property insurance claim begins with notification of a loss from the insured or its broker. Thereafter, the carrier sends out an adjuster to investigate the loss and determine whether, and to what extent, coverage exists. Often the insured hires a public adjuster to represent its...

 

HTMLFinding Peace When Settling U.S. and EU Price-Fixing Claims
Qianwei Fu, Jose Umbert, Judith A. Zahid; Zelle Hofmann Voelbel & Mason LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 9, 2015, previously published by Competition Law360 on April 28, 2014
The great majority of private antitrust disputes are resolved through settlements. One of the key challenges for policymakers, practitioners, consumers and businesses is how to efficiently resolve cross-border price-fixing disputes given the lack of a single forum. Cartelists facing the prospect of...

 

HTMLCourt Clarifies Insurers’ Replacement-Cost Obligations
Todd M. Tippett; Zelle Hofmann Voelbel & Mason LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 9, 2015, previously published by Texas Law360 on June 18, 2014
Amid the onslaught of Texas hail claims litigation, one Texas federal district court recently confirmed that in order for an insured to receive any portion of a replacement-cost holdback under a property insurance policy, it must actually incur costs above and beyond the actual-cash-value payments...

 

HTMLTexas' Atty Fee Statute — Elevating Form Over Substance?
James Holbrook; Zelle Hofmann Voelbel & Mason LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 9, 2015, previously published by Texas Law360 on April 23, 2014
Texas follows the American Rule, which provides that litigants may recover attorneys' fees only if specifically provided for by contract or statute. One such statute — Section 38.001 of the Texas Civil Practice Remedies Code — allows a “person [to] recover reasonable attorneys'...

 

HTMLPrimer On Underwriting Insurance Risks In Argentina
Martin Arganaraz, Jason Reeves, Jose Umbert; Zelle Hofmann Voelbel & Mason LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 9, 2015, previously published by Insurance Law360 on June 19, 2014
Latin America presents excellent opportunities for the global (re)insurance industry. But, there are a number of important considerations for insurance and reinsurance companies underwriting risks in the region. This article addresses some critical issues relating to underwriting first-party...

 

HTMLInsurers Be Warned, Your Communications Are Discoverable
Elizabeth V. Kniffen; Zelle Hofmann Voelbel & Mason LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 9, 2015, previously published by Insurance Law360 on August 4, 2014
Insurers and reinsurers regularly communicate regarding matters they view as confidential. These communications often relate to claims, both routine and litigated, by the underlying insureds. Insureds, in turn, seek discovery of these communications when claims become contentious and litigated....

 

HTMLCalif. Offers Regulation As Solution To Underinsurance
Kristin Suga Heres; Zelle Hofmann Voelbel & Mason LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 9, 2015, previously published by Insurance Law360 on June 25, 2014
A wildfire ravages a community. A family’s home is among those destroyed. It is a total loss. The homeowners are eager to rebuild and turn to their homeowners’ policy. Having purchased coverage on a “replacement-cost” basis, they assume they are protected. They soon...

 


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