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Professional Liability Defense

Texas Department of Insurance Issues Two New Bulletins

10/03/2017

The latest bulletins issued by the TDI are of potential interest to property insurers.

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Update: Texas Department of Insurance Catastrophe Bulletins

09/13/2017

Read more about the latest two bulletins issued by the TDI that are of potential interest to property insurers.

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Resources for Insurers: A Compilation of Standards and Regulations in the Wake of Hurricane Harvey

08/31/2017

A fresh look at the claim adjusting standards and regulations in both Louisiana and Texas, including new bulletins and advisories that have been issued in Hurricane Harvey’s wake.

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Texas Supreme Court Issues Advisory Regarding Hurricane Harvey-Related Emergency Orders

08/31/2017

A summary of the Texas Supreme Court's advisory meant to assist residents of Texas counties affected by the hurricane.

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New Texas Insurance Code Chapter 542A: New Law to Handle Texas Weather-Related Claims Effective Sept. 1

Insurance

08/22/2017

The new law makes a few key changes to the procedure for bringing certain property damage claims against insurers and insurance agents.

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A Summary of Louisiana Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal’s Decision in Bad Faith Penalties Case

Insurance

06/21/2017

An assessment of the issues in Williams v. Security Plan Fire Ins. Co, including how various sections of the Louisiana Insurance Code were taken into account in the court's decision, and the overall outcome of the case.

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Texas Supreme Court Grants Mandamus Relief on Attorneys’ Fee Discovery in Hidalgo County MDL

Insurance

06/12/2017

The recent ruling is an important case in first-party insurance litigation because this discovery tactic has been increasingly utilized and litigated over the past several years.

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What Happens When Local Banks Falter? The Basics of FDIC Enforcement Actions

Corporate and Commercial Law

06/08/2017

The specter of bank failures remains a significant risk to the U.S. banking system. The recent failure of First NBC Bank reportedly cost the federal government approximately $1 billion and is a reminder of the risks for local banks.

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Fidelity Practice Pointer: Considerations for Pre-Suit Mediation and the Importance of the Mediation Privilege

Legal Lagniappe

05/31/2017

Objectives for conducting a pre-suit mediation may be to educate the insured and the insured’s attorney on the policy provisions that preclude or limit coverage, or to streamline the issues prior to a suit being filed.

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Insurance Disputes: Five Rules Insurers Need to Know

Insurance

05/11/2017

The Texas Supreme Court has announced five rules intended to address contractual claims under an insurance policy versus tort claims under the Texas Insurance Code. The rules were set forth in conjunction with the Court’s opinion in the case of USAA Texas Lloyds Company v. Menchaca and are meant to clarify confusion regarding the treatment of statutory bad faith claims in insurance coverage disputes brought before state courts.

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