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Gonzalez v. Allstate Texas Lloyds

Court: SD Tx  01/31/2020  District Court Grants Insurer's Request for Leave to Amend its Answer, Grants Insured's Motion to Compel Appraisal

The court found that, despite the parties previously claiming that appraisal would not be needed, the insured was legally entitled to engage in the appraisal process. The insurer's claim that the vacancy provision in its policy precluded coverage was not a basis to preclude appraisal, as that would be the proper subject of a motion to dismiss or motion for summary judgment, not a response to a motion to compel appraisal.

homeowner's insurance policy, hail storm, motion to compel appraisal, motion for leave to file an amended answer, Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 15, FRCP 15, vacancy, waiver, unreasonable delay, impasse, prejudice

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