Blog Posts in 2014

Texas Supreme Court Opinion Likely to be Misused by Insurers

On October 31, 2014, without hearing oral argument, the Supreme Court of Texas issued what might seem, on the surface, to be a blow to policyholders seeking discovery from insurance companies in ...
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Daly and Black's State Farm Victory Earns them Texas Lawyer's "Litigators of the Week"

This Past week Texas Lawyer named Daly and Black their "Litigators of the Week" for a jury trial victory against State Farm, an insurer that repeatedly delays, denies, and unfairly handles ...
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Cosmetic Damage Endorsements: Don't Be Fooled

Consumers all over the United States are (more and more) starting to see "cosmetic damage endorsements" contained in their policies, or offered by their trusted insurance brokers. Insurance ...
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State Farm Seeks FAA Permission to Test Drones

Truth is often stranger than fiction. The Chicago Tribune reported just this week that insurance giant State Farm has filed an application with the FAA to test the use of drones to capture images, ...
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Texas Insurers Support Bad Insurance Practices in Upcoming Legislative Session

Time to Tell Your Local Lawmaker You Don't Want Your Rights Eliminated When insurance companies lose at the courthouse, they hire their powerful lobbyists to change the laws – and the ...
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Texas Fourteenth Court of Appeals: Texas Policyholders Dealt a Better Hand

The Fourteenth Court of Appeals recently held that injuries independent from underpaid policy benefits are not required under the Insurance Code when the policyholder also establishes a breach of ...
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Devastating Storm Hammers North and Central Texas

A fast-moving storm with large hail and straight-line winds up to 85 miles per hour blew through North and Central Texas on Thursday, October 2, 2014, leaving thousands without electricity and causing ...
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Sharing Protective Orders in Texas

Not surprisingly, insurance companies rarely like to share. In many insurance disputes, there are hundreds and even thousands of similarly situated cases. Meaning if you have been wronged in a certain ...
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Largest Defamation Verdict in Indiana Upheld Against State Farm

On September 16, 2014, an Indiana contractor was awarded $14.5+ million in a defamation claim against State Farm. This is the largest defamation verdict in Indiana history. In 2006, a large storm blew ...
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When Insurers Refuse to Pay Overhead and Profit

If your insurer is offering to settle part of your claim, but refuses to pay overhead and profit costs, you may have a claim for breach of contract. Overhead and profit is generally charged by ...
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Houston, Texas Jury Finds State Farm is Not a Good Neighbor- Court Agrees

In 2012, a windstorm damaged Deborah Hanson's home in Cypress, Texas. As you might expect, she made a claim for the damage, fully expecting State Farm, her insurer, to live up to the cheery ads it ...
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Nebraska Among States Adopting Pro-Insured Matching Regulations.

Although the "Unfair Property/Casualty Claims Settlement Practices Model Regulation" was taken up by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners back in 1990, states are increasingly ...
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Insurers Reminded Again That Total Roof Replacement Recommended Following Storm Damage

If you are currently fighting a roof damage claim, you probably already know this – your insurer does not want to replace your roof. Even if your policy requires it. Even if your roofer has told ...
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John Scott Black Selected for 2014 Texas Super Lawyers, by Thompson Reuters

We are proud to announce that Attorney John Scott Black has been selected for inclusion in the 2014 Texas Super Lawyers® listing. What is Super Lawyers, by Thompson Reuters and what does inclusion ...
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Insurance Companies Wrongfully Delay Claims for Profit

At Daly & Black, P.C., we deal with insurance companies on a daily basis and we continuously observe their practices; for example, how they treat their policyholders, how long they take to settle ...
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