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The Insurance Law Section is an official, sanctioned section of the State Bar of Texas consisting of approximately 2,200 members. Membership is open to all members of the State Bar of Texas.

Our Mission: Promoting collegiality and educating the bench, bar, and public about Texas insurance law.

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The Insurance Law Section is governed by a Council elected from the Section membership at the Section’s annual meeting. Section officers are elected from and by the Council




Case Note: In Re Farmers Texas County Mutual Insurance Company

Texas law has long disfavored the now uncommon practice of liability insurers “soliciting a contribution to a settlement from its insured without first committing its own policy limits.” The Supreme Court of Texas was recently faced with such a situation.

Subject to Exceptions? Texas Supreme Court Accepts Challenge to “Eight Corners” Rule

Last March, the Texas Supreme Court issued its opinion in Richards v. State Farm Lloyds, unanimously ratifying the “Eight Corners” Rule as a settled feature of Texas law. However, the Court set the stage for future challenge to this consensus when it noted the “Eight Corners” Rule could “possibly” be “subject…to exceptions.” Which exceptions? How many exceptions? It appears we may soon find out.

Recent Decisions

Free v. Allstate Indemnity Co.

Court: ED Tx  05/27/2021   District Court Dissolves State Court Summary Judgment Pending Later-Filed Class Certification Request

Allstate Insurance Co. v. Irwin

Court: Tx Sup  05/21/2021   Divided Court Holds Insurer Can Be Responsible for Insured's Attorneys' Fees in UIM Declaratory Judgment Action

Labourdette v. State Farm Lloyds

Court: SD Tx  05/21/2021   District Court Denies Insurer's Motion to Exclude Expert Testimony, Grants and Denies Motion for Summary Judgment in Part
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