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Bad Faith Verdict Tags Insurer For $600K In Harvey Damages

Posted on: September 20th, 2019 by Desiree Lonsway
Bad Faith Verdict Tags Insurer For $600K In Harvey Damages

By Jeff Sistrunk   (Law 360 (September 18, 2019) — A Texas Jury has found that American access Casualty Co. Must pay a policy Holder more than $600,000 because it breached its policy in bad faith when it lowballed the man’s claim for damage to his truck due to Hurricane Harvey. On Monday, a Harris County ... Read More

Homeowners and Business Owners BEWARE – Criminals posing as contractors, roofers and restoration specialists do exist and they do not care how much you have lost

Posted on: December 6th, 2017 by Lory Sopchak
Homeowners and Business Owners BEWARE – Criminals posing as contractors, roofers and restoration specialists do exist and they do not care how much you have lost

Since Hurricane Harvey, we have received numerous phone calls from homeowners and business owners who received an insurance payment for damages to their property as a result of Hurricane Harvey, endorsed the check and handed it to their “trusted” contractor, roofer or restoration specialist and were shocked when this same contractor, roofer or restoration specialist ... Read More

My Question Since Hurricane Harvey: After Three Years of Consecutive Flooding in Houston, Why Isn’t Flood Insurance Required?

Posted on: September 13th, 2017 by Lory Sopchak No Comments
My Question Since Hurricane Harvey: After Three Years of Consecutive Flooding in Houston, Why Isn’t Flood Insurance Required?

I just purchased my first home. Most people told me that it would be one of the most exciting experiences of my life time. It was. For about 24 hours. I closed on my new home on August 24, 2017, a day before Hurricane Harvey started dropping millions of gallons of rain on Houston and ... Read More

Notice an increase in your insurance premiums? Insurance Companies now blaming the growing premiums on Texting and Driving….

Posted on: March 3rd, 2017 by Lory Sopchak No Comments
Notice an increase in your insurance premiums? Insurance Companies now blaming the growing premiums on Texting and Driving….

I consider myself a pretty good driver (knocking on wood as I type this). I have not had any major accidents and have not gotten any traffic citations in the past several years. I really do not utilize my auto insurance for anything other than having protection in place in case I am in an ... Read More

Texas Governor urges legislature to limit hailstorm litigation against Insurance Companies.

Posted on: February 17th, 2017 by Lory Sopchak No Comments
Texas Governor urges legislature to limit hailstorm litigation against Insurance Companies.

If you have read any of my blogs or looked at our law firm’s website, it is no secret that our law firm represents homeowners and business owners with their claims for property damage to their home or business against their insurance companies. Through the years we have worked on these cases, I have not ... Read More

Before you pull out your phone to snap a voting selfie, BEWARE! Several states consider taking such a selfie ILLEGAL!

Posted on: November 2nd, 2016 by Lory Sopchak No Comments
Before you pull out your phone to snap a voting selfie, BEWARE! Several states consider taking such a selfie ILLEGAL!

This election year has certainly been one of the craziest election years so far. The debates were hard to watch. The insults, accusations, and overall campaigning seems to me, at least, to be much different than previous elections. However, one positive thing that might come from this election, at least what early voting numbers seem ... Read More

After your home or business sustained storm damage, when is the right time to retain the services of a storm damage lawyer?

Posted on: September 27th, 2016 by Lory Sopchak No Comments
After your home or business sustained storm damage, when is the right time to retain the services of a storm damage lawyer?

Over the last several years, I have talked to many potential clients mostly about storm damage to their properties in which their insurance company has significantly undervalued the cost of repair or replacement or their insurance company has unjustly denied coverage for damages clearly covered under the terms of the policy. A question most people ... Read More

Mortgagor Beware: Prying money from your homeowner’s insurance company is not the only battle homeowners face if they have a mortgage on their home

Posted on: August 31st, 2016 by Lory Sopchak No Comments
Mortgagor Beware: Prying money from your homeowner’s insurance company is not the only battle homeowners face if they have a mortgage on their home

It seems like there is no longer a comfortable medium when it comes to weather. It is either one extreme or the next: either you go weeks and weeks without seeing a drop of rain or you get inundated with inches and inches of rain over the course of a few hours. The unpredictability and ... Read More

The good news: there is still pending legislation and proposed rules to rid certain contracts of forced arbitration clauses. The bad news: forced arbitration is still alive and well. What can you do if you find yourself in a situation in which your legal rights have been compromised by a forced arbitration clause?

Posted on: June 29th, 2016 by Lory Sopchak No Comments
The good news: there is still pending legislation and proposed rules to rid certain contracts of forced arbitration clauses. The bad news: forced arbitration is still alive and well. What can you do if you find yourself in a situation in which your legal rights have been compromised by a forced arbitration clause?

As discussed in a prior blog (Consumer Rights Update: Law Makers Reintroduce Arbitration Fairness Act), a bill was introduced in April 2015 referred to as the Arbitration Fairness Act, which, if passed, would eliminate the mandatory arbitration clauses in employment contracts, consumer contracts and civil rights. Unfortunately, the necessity of this bill is substantial: most ... Read More