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Bad Faith: Rules to Live By

By Colvin, Saenz, Rodriguez & Kennamer L.L.P. |

Some insurance carriers – notably even large ones – have come under scrutiny in recent years for their claims handling practices. And while this can seem like just another savvy ploy by creative trial lawyers looking for a quick buck, the truth is, it is easy to violate insurance regulations and have a judge… Read More »


Metlife to be Purchased by Farmers

By Colvin, Saenz, Rodriguez & Kennamer L.L.P. |

Mergers have become a common occurrence in the insurance industry, and the latest in major acquisitions could mean Farm’s Insurance Company will take on an even larger market share going forward. The affiliate company of Zurich Insurance Group is set to purchase Metlife for approximately $3.94 billion, according to a Metlife press release from… Read More »


Texas Appeals Court Overturns Award: Lay Testimony Cannot Support Medical Expenses

By Colvin, Saenz, Rodriguez & Kennamer L.L.P. |

When someone makes a claim for injuries, they are generally seeking several types of damages. These damages are things for which a person can be compensated under the law. Damages can include things like physical pain and suffering, psychological injuries, lost income, and medical expenses. The latter of these damages is usually the driving… Read More »


Defending Liability When Going Through Bankruptcy

By Colvin, Saenz, Rodriguez & Kennamer L.L.P. |

Sometimes you find yourself defending a lawsuit, while also restructuring a corporation. Perhaps a risk team is assessing how to proceed with litigation, while simultaneously facing a Chapter 11 bankruptcy. In these unique situations, it’s important to proceed with caution and work closely with a law firm that has the manpower and experience to… Read More »


Little Known Defense Strategies for Reducing or Avoiding Liability in Auto Injury Claims

By Colvin, Saenz, Rodriguez & Kennamer L.L.P. |

For claims for bodily injury or death resulting from auto accidents, there are countless injuries and losses that can be claimed. Each year, insurance prices increase as more individuals make claims for bodily injuries. For those insurance carriers who must defend such actions, the key to risk mitigation is understanding the nuances in the… Read More »


Three Strategies for Early Dismissal and Resolution of Frivolous Claims

By Colvin, Saenz, Rodriguez & Kennamer L.L.P. |

For any risk management team or litigation manager, one of the most difficult things to deal with is the frivolous or nuisance claim. Maybe it’s a slip and fall without injuries or a strange claim for injuries that is based on little to no evidence. Whatever the case may be, a nuisance claim can… Read More »


The Standard of Evidence for Lawsuits Involving Insurance Companies

By Colvin, Saenz, Rodriguez & Kennamer L.L.P. |

There are many types of lawsuits, but what they all have in common is that the judge or jury bases their decision on evidence.  Before the case makes it to trial (if it ever does; most cases do not go to trial), the parties in the lawsuit engage in discovery, where they send each… Read More »


Texas Federal Judge Sides with Insurance Company in COVID Business Interruption Claims

By Colvin, Saenz, Rodriguez & Kennamer L.L.P. |

COVID-19 has led thousands of businesses to file interruption claims with their insurance companies, seeking to have them cover losses they sustained due to the pandemic and associated closure orders, including here in Texas. Yet insurance companies have had no choice but to deny these claims, as business interruption insurance is designed to cover… Read More »


Fifth Circuit Reverses Important Insurance Defense Decision, Opening The Door to Insurers Having Duty to Defend Based On Fraudulent Petitions

By Colvin, Saenz, Rodriguez & Kennamer L.L.P. |

After ruling on a different issue in the same case almost one year ago, in late July, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals made a very important insurance coverage decision by ruling in favor of appellants and reversing the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas’ decision in favor of the… Read More »


Texas Business Owners Take Insurance Companies to Court Over Business Interruption Claims

By Colvin, Saenz, Rodriguez & Kennamer L.L.P. |

As we previously mentioned, a wave of insurance litigation was expected in response to Texas business owners being informed by their insurance companies that their business interruption insurance policies did not cover business closures and associated financial loss due to the COVID-19 crisis, which includes mandatory stay-at-home orders. That prediction came to fruition in… Read More »

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