Articles by Ezra Amacher

State Farm Sues Norfolk Southern Over Ohio Train Derailment Damages

State Farm Insurance brought forth a subrogation lawsuit last week against Norfolk Southern over damages to a pair of East Palestine, Ohio homes allegedly caused by the railroad company’s February 2023 train derailment. State Farm filed a complaint in Columbiana …

Court Orders Texas Adjuster to Cease Using Lloyd’s Trademarked Names

A Texas public adjuster committed willful infringement when he formed a corporation and a limited liability company with the names “Certain Underwriters at Lloyds London, Inc.” and “Certain Underwriters of Lloyds London,” a U.S. district court ruled on Feb. 7. …

Houston ‘Hire A Dick’ Attorney Faces Another Six Figure Sanctions Order

For the second time in three months, Houston plaintiffs’ attorney Eric B. Dick has been ordered to reimburse an insurer more than $100,000 for filing a “frivolous, groundless” lawsuit made “solely for the purpose of harassment.” Galveston County District Court …

Separate Claim for Each Unlawful Transmission of Biometric Info, Illinois Supreme Ct. Rules

The Illinois Supreme Court ruled Friday that a separate claim accrues each time a business unlawfully scans or transmits an individual’s biometric identifier or information, a decision that could drive up class action settlements against repeated Biometric Information Privacy Act …

New Louisiana Laws Require Hurricane Mediation Program, Catastrophe Response Plan

Louisiana lawmakers passed several bills last legislative session in response to insurers’ handling of recent natural disasters, five of which went into effect Jan. 1, 2023. The legislation resulted from a shaken homeowners insurance market that experienced eight insurers leave …

Employee Fired After Sleepwalking Incident Loses Disability Discrimination Claim

An employee fired after she climbed into a colleague’s bed while sleepwalking at a hotel during an out-of-town conference has no disability discrimination claim, a three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last month. Jennifer Harkey, …