Zelle Hofmann Voelbel & Mason LLP

Competing Claims Challenges And The Right To Recover

Your insured is sued, along with several other additional or named insureds. You receive a policy limits demand that is reasonable, but the limit is insufficient to settle all claims against all of the defendants. What do you…more

Beneficiaries, Interpleaders, Policy Limits, Subsidiaries, Third-Party

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And Another Texas Court Realizes What The Hail Is Going On?

Another Texas court -- this time in the Valley -- has realized What The Hail Is Going On? Nino vs. State Farm Lloyds is identical to thousands of hail damage lawsuits presently pending in the Valley. Most of these…more

Claims Adjusters, Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Insurance Investigations, Property Damage, Property Insurance

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Getting Releases Right

There are times when it makes sense to resolve an actual or potential employment law claim by paying something and getting a release from the employee. Paying severance in return for a release and waiver of claims isn’t unusual…more

ADEA, Contract Drafting, EEOC, Employer Liability Issues, FLSA

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Graber v. State Farm is a Texas Prompt Payment Outlier

For more than a decade, courts applying Texas law — including the Fifth Circuit, two federal district courts and several Texas courts of appeal — have uniformly held that an insurer’s full and timely payment of an appraisal…more

Appraisal Awards, Breach of Contract, Breach of Duty, Covenant of Good Faith and Fair Dealing, Insurance Litigation

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Will Insurers Respond To The Texas Floods?

May 2015 was a month of record rain for Texas. Meteorologists reported that in May alone, 37.3 trillion gallons of water fell in Texas — enough to cover the entire state with 8 inches of water. The nonstop barrage has caused…more

Business Interruption, Flood Insurance, Flooding, Policy Exclusions, Property Damage

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[Webinar] Personally Identifiable Information: Employer Risks & Responsibilities - July 16, 12:00pm CDT

Please join us from Noon-1:00 p.m. CDT on Thursday, July 16 for an informative and timely webinar where we will address these questions: Did you know that hackers often use your employees to get into your company's…more

Cyber Insurance, Cybersecurity, Data Breach, Data Protection, Employer Liability Issues

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2 Years After Comcast, Little Has Changed

The U.S. Supreme Court’s March 2013 decision in Comcast was heralded by many as a class certification “game-changer” that raised the bar for plaintiffs seeking class certification in competition and other class cases —…more

Class Action, Class Certification, Comcast, Comcast v. Behrend, Federal Rules of Civil Procedure

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The Perilous 'Superperil' Ruling In NJ Storm Surge Case

The Superior Court of New Jersey, Essex County's ruling in Public Service Enterprise Group Inc. v. Ace American Insurance Co. on March 23 follows a line of thought advanced by many policyholder lawyers that included a definition…more

Flood Insurance, Flooding, Hurricane Sandy, Insurance Litigation, NJ Supreme Court

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Can A House Be An Advertisement? The 5th Circ. Thinks So

In the world of general liability insurance policies, it is not uncommon for policies to exclude coverage for claims resulting from copyright or trademark infringement, while covering claims resulting from “advertising injury.”…more

Advertising Injury, Commercial General Liability Policies, Construction Industry, Construction Project, Copyright

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Why Growth In Nanotechnology Matters To Insurers

Nanotechnology, an all-encompassing term for nanoscale science, engineering and technology, is the understanding and control of matter at dimensions of roughly 1 to 100 nanometers. One nanometer is one-billionth of 1 meter. The…more

DOL, Hazardous Substances, Insurers, Nanotechnology, OSHA

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A Primer on Insurance Dispute Resolution in China

We previously discussed in a June 10, 2015, guest article the basics of insurance underwriting and claim handling in China. In this article, we give an overview of the legal framework and relevant key issues in insurance…more

Application of Foreign Laws, Arbitration, Arbitration Awards, China, CIETAC

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The Wild West of Improper Joinder in North Texas

In 1998, the Texas Supreme Court recognized that an insurance claim adjuster can be held personally liable for a breach of the Texas Insurance Code. Based on this precedent, it has become commonplace for claim adjusters to be…more

Claims Adjusters, Diversity Jurisdiction, Fraudulent Joinder, Insurance Code, Insurance Litigation

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What O’Bannon Means For NCAA's Next Round Of Litigation

After a three-week trial and five years of litigation, the “[m]ost important trial in sports history” — O’Bannon v. National Collegiate Athletic Association — concluded last month, culminating in what some have said is the most…more

Athletes, College Athletes, Colleges, NCAA

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Is Laminate Flooring The New Drywall For Insurers?

Recent media reports alleging that certain laminate flooring manufactured in China and distributed in the U.S. contains unsafe levels of formaldehyde may have a familiar and frightening ring to them, particularly for insurers…more

Chemicals, China, Health and Safety, Laminate Flooring, Popular

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Graber v. State Farm is a Texas Prompt Payment Outlier

For more than a decade, courts applying Texas law — including the Fifth Circuit, two federal district courts and several Texas courts of appeal — have uniformly held that an insurer’s full and timely payment of an appraisal…more

Appraisal Awards, Breach of Contract, Breach of Duty, Covenant of Good Faith and Fair Dealing, Insurance Litigation

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A Primer on Insurance Dispute Resolution in China

We previously discussed in a June 10, 2015, guest article the basics of insurance underwriting and claim handling in China. In this article, we give an overview of the legal framework and relevant key issues in insurance…more

Application of Foreign Laws, Arbitration, Arbitration Awards, China, CIETAC

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Texas Claims Are Getting Nasti: The Insured’s Burdens

Texas courts have long taken the position that “[w]hen covered and excluded perils combine to cause an injury, the insured must present some evidence affording the jury a reasonable basis on which to allocate damages.” “Failure…more

Calculation of Damages, Evidence, Insurance Litigation, Property Damage, Property Insurance

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Weathering Winter Storm Juno With Roof Collapse Coverage

For most of the Northeast, this winter was off to a slow start in terms of snowfall. That was, however, until winter storm Juno paralyzed much of the Eastern Corridor and resulted in eye-popping, 3-foot-plus snow totals in some…more

Business Interruption, Commercial General Liability Policies, Commercial Insurance Policies, Multiple Occurences, Property Damage

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Insurers Be Warned, Your Communications Are Discoverable

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…more

Confidential Communications, Discovery, Insurers, Reinsurance

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Getting Releases Right

There are times when it makes sense to resolve an actual or potential employment law claim by paying something and getting a release from the employee. Paying severance in return for a release and waiver of claims isn’t unusual…more

ADEA, Contract Drafting, EEOC, Employer Liability Issues, FLSA

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Ostriches Beware: E-Discovery Ethics In Social Media

“Electronic document creation and/or storage, and electronic communications, have become commonplace in modern life, and discovery of ESI is now a frequent part of almost any litigated matter. Attorneys who handle litigation may…more

American Bar Association, Discovery, Electronic Communications, Electronically Stored Information, Legal Ethics

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Texas Legislature Reins in Public Adjuster Conduct

Obvious to anyone in the insurance industry, Texas courts are experiencing an explosion of first-party property insurance lawsuits arising from wind and hail related insurance claims. Dozens of lawsuits are filed every day in…more

Claims Adjusters, Client Referrals, Conflicts of Interest, Contingency Fees, Contractors

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2 Years After Comcast, Little Has Changed

The U.S. Supreme Court’s March 2013 decision in Comcast was heralded by many as a class certification “game-changer” that raised the bar for plaintiffs seeking class certification in competition and other class cases —…more

Class Action, Class Certification, Comcast, Comcast v. Behrend, Federal Rules of Civil Procedure

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California Employers: Are You Ready For Paid Sick Leave?

So you have employees in California. You’ve got your new Paid Sick Leave poster up on the break room wall. You’ve provided your employees with updated Labor Code 2810.5 forms that explain Paid Sick Leave (“PSL”) entitlement. …more

Paid Leave, Paid Sick Leave Act, Sick Leave

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Texas Court Talks Insurance And Actual Cash Value

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…more

Cash Value, Commercial Property Owners, Insurance Litigation, Motions in Limine, Property Damage

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Keeping Pace With Texas Hail Claim 'Case-Runners'

Texas insurance carrier clients writing significant property insurance business in Texas all confirm a disturbing trend. Historically, Texas insurers have seen less than 2 percent of their property insurance claims result in a…more

Homeowner's Insurance, Hurricane Ike, Insurers, Property Damage, Property Insurance

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Ostriches Beware: E-Discovery Ethics In Social Media

“Electronic document creation and/or storage, and electronic communications, have become commonplace in modern life, and discovery of ESI is now a frequent part of almost any litigated matter. Attorneys who handle litigation may…more

American Bar Association, Discovery, Electronic Communications, Electronically Stored Information, Legal Ethics

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Incentive Award Guidance From Recent Class Actions

Class representatives play a vital role in competition and other class actions. They participate in the litigation process as an individual plaintiff would — devoting their time and resources to the case, and undertaking…more

Class Action, Class Representatives, Incentive Awards, Risk Management, Settlement

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Loss In English-Spanish Translation Can Cost Insurers

Some terms frequently found in (re)insurance contracts and statutes have different meanings in common law, English-speaking jurisdictions than they do in civil law, Spanish-speaking countries. It is critical for (re)insurers…more

Insurance Industry, Insurers, Latin America, Reinsurance

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Competing Claims Challenges And The Right To Recover

Your insured is sued, along with several other additional or named insureds. You receive a policy limits demand that is reasonable, but the limit is insufficient to settle all claims against all of the defendants. What do you…more

Beneficiaries, Interpleaders, Policy Limits, Subsidiaries, Third-Party

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Death v. Suicide in Event Cancellation Policies

While many Event Cancellation/Non-appearance policies offer effective coverage for financial losses and additional costs when the insured performer dies from natural causes or an accident, they reach their limits if the insured…more

Ambiguous, Artists, Entertainment Industry, Events, Indemnification

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What O’Bannon Means For NCAA's Next Round Of Litigation

After a three-week trial and five years of litigation, the “[m]ost important trial in sports history” — O’Bannon v. National Collegiate Athletic Association — concluded last month, culminating in what some have said is the most…more

Athletes, College Athletes, Colleges, NCAA

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Texas Property Insurers Consider Changes to Hail Policies

Texas is in the midst of a hail lawsuit crisis. Tens of thousands of lawsuits have been filed across the state, with dozens more being filed every day. Many of the lawsuits involve meritless claims solicited by case-runners…more

Deductibles, Frivolous Lawsuits, Insurance Fraud, Insurance Litigation, Policy Exclusions

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A Primer on Insurance Dispute Resolution in China

We previously discussed in a June 10, 2015, guest article the basics of insurance underwriting and claim handling in China. In this article, we give an overview of the legal framework and relevant key issues in insurance…more

Application of Foreign Laws, Arbitration, Arbitration Awards, China, CIETAC

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Retroactive Application of New York's Proposed Anti-Concurrent Causation Bill Faces Uphill Battle

If the recently proposed anti-concurrent causation bill in New York (Assembly No. A07455/ Senate No. S05581) is enacted, it is unclear what arguments will be made regarding its application. However, any arguments that the…more

Anti-Concurrent Causation Clauses, Hurricane Sandy, Insurers, Proposed Legislation, Retroactive Application

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Texas Legislature Reins in Public Adjuster Conduct

Obvious to anyone in the insurance industry, Texas courts are experiencing an explosion of first-party property insurance lawsuits arising from wind and hail related insurance claims. Dozens of lawsuits are filed every day in…more

Claims Adjusters, Client Referrals, Conflicts of Interest, Contingency Fees, Contractors

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Pay-For-Delay In 2014: Courts Fill In The Actavis Gaps

A little more than one year ago, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Federal Trade Commission v. Actavis Inc. and affirmed that antitrust principles apply to reverse payment settlement agreements — those in which a brand-name drug…more

FTC v Actavis, Generic Drugs, Hatch-Waxman, Patent Infringement, Pay-For-Delay

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Texas High Court Clarifies Multiple Perils Coverage Scope

Often damage to a building or structure can be the result of multiple perils. One of the most common examples is when a windstorm causes a building to sustain both flood and wind damage. Based on the policy language at issue,…more

Insurance Litigation, Property Damage, Scope of Coverage, TX Supreme Court, Water Damage

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Finding Peace When Settling U.S. and EU Price-Fixing Claims

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…more

Antitrust Litigation, Cartels, Class Action, Cross-Border Transactions, EU

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Areas of Practice
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
  • Antitrust & Trade Regulation
  • Appellate Practice
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