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Pending Hail Legislation has Texas Insurance Industry on Edge

Last year, Texas sustained the most expensive hail and storm season on record with an estimated 500,000 hail claims filed and insured losses totaling more than $4 billion, according to the Insurance Council of Texas. The huge storm losses make …

Faked Invoice Leads to Felony Charge, Restitution in Texas Hail Suit

A hail damage lawsuit referred to the Texas Department of Insurance on suspicion of fraud resulted in an indictment and subsequent restitution. In a recent Fraud File podcast interview, Steven Badger, a partner with Zelle LLP’s Dallas office, explained how …

Texas Not the Only State Impacted by Barrage of Hail Lawsuits

In the last few years, hail damage lawsuits have crowded Texas courts. Using the same model employed in the Lone Star state, hail damage litigation is beginning to impact other states where large hail events have occurred, including Colorado, Oklahoma …

Barratry Class Action Filed Against Texas Hail Attorneys, Roofing Contractor

Thousands of Texas homeowners victimized by severe weather may also be victims of a wide-ranging conspiracy involving door-to-door solicitors, public insurance adjusters and attorneys, according to a class-action lawsuit filed in Dallas. The lawsuit claims that individuals, companies and law …

The Emerged Hail Risk: The Balanced Solutions

It has been a busy week. Again, not surprisingly, my article last week entitled “The Emerging Hail Risk: What The Hail Is Still Going On and Getting Worse” generated a lot of discussion. Mostly positive (even Chip Merlin has nice …

The Emerged Hail Risk: What the Hail is Still Going on and Getting Worse?

Almost two years ago I wrote an article for Claims Journal entitled “The Emerging Hail Risk: What the Hail is Going on?” The response was overwhelming. It was Claims Journal‘s most read article for several weeks and the second most …

Juror Witnesses Firsthand What the Hail is Going on in Texas

Alejandro Stolarski is a United States citizen who emigrated from Mexico. Stolarski resides in Dallas County. Like hundreds of other Dallas County residents each week, Stolarski received a notice in the mail for jury duty. But unlike most Dallas County …