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Texas Intervenes in Public Adjuster Bankruptcy, $2M Client Restitution Fund Created

In a rare move, the Texas Attorney General’s Office intervened on behalf of the Texas Department of Insurance in the Chapter 11 filing by Correct Claim Public Adjusters, LLC, a firm domiciled in Nevada. A March 30, 2017, letter from …

When Perils Combine – Concurrent Causation and Texas Law

Hurricane Harvey is the strongest hurricane to hit the Texas coast in over 55 years. Like all hurricanes, in some locations Harvey produced strong winds causing wind uplift and projectile property damage. Such damage was widespread in the Rockport area. …

Public Adjuster Charged With Insurance Fraud, Serves As Warning During Hurricane

As a potentially devastating category 3 hurricane nears the coast of Texas, another public insurance adjuster has been charged with insurance fraud. Elvira Chandler was charged by a Travis County, Texas, grand jury this week with filing fraudulent insurance claims …

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 …

Ransomware and Cyber Extortion Are on the Rise – What Can Be Done?

Ransomware is evolving from a relatively low-dollar extortion racket, into a more sophisticated, more expensive, and more prevalent major criminal activity. Hardly a day goes by anymore without ransomware or cyber extortion making the news. A seeming turning point in …

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 …

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 …