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State Farm Mutual Automobile Association v. Cook

Court: Tx 4-San Antonio  09/18/2019   The court has held that a UM/UIM insurer may be in bad faith if it refuses to pay benefits until after its insured obtains a judgment against the other driver, even though the insurer's duty to pay does not arise until the insured obtains a judgment, if it is reasonably clear that the insurer will ultimately owe the payment.

Etienne v. State Farm Lloyds

Court: Tx 14-Houston  09/10/2019   Appellate Court Overrules Challenge to Trial Court Appointment of Appraisal Umpire and Finds it Lacked Jurisdiction to Review Sanction of Insured's Attorney

State Farm Lloyds v. Richards

Court: 5th Cir  09/09/2019   Fifth Circuit Certifies Question to Supreme Court of Texas Regarding Exception to "Eight Corners" Rule Pertaining to Duty to Defend

Taboada v. State Farm Lloyds

Court: SD Tx  09/05/2019   District Court Ends Abatement of Case and Dismisses Insureds' Extra-Contractual Claims in Property Damage Dispute

Aetna Life Insurance Co. v. Behar

Court: SD Tx  09/04/2019   District Court Affirms Magistrate Decision to Lift Stay and Proceed with Certain Claims in Medical Billing Dispute

Shin v. Allstate Texas Lloyds

Court: SD Tx  09/03/2019   Court Applies Barbara Technologies and Holds That Insurer Did Not Owe Prompt Payment Penalties

Duhaly v. The Cincinnati Insurance Co.

Court: SD Tx  08/27/2019   Court Dismisses Breach of Contract by Injured Employee in UIM Case because of Lack of Subject Matter Jurisdiction Due to Lack of Ripeness

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