Texas Insurance Law Newsbrief - November 22, 2017

November 22, 2017

POLICYHOLDER'S BID TO REDEFINE “DOOR” AS “WALL” REJECTED

The Beaumont Court of Appeals recently affirmed a jury's finding of no coverage for wind-driven rain from Hurricane Ike which entered under a set of French doors and damaged a home's interior. Read more...

TEXAS PERSONAL AUTO POLICY DOES NOT COVER PUNITIVE DAMAGES

The San Antonio Court of Appeals recently held that a personal auto policy which covers “damages for bodily injury” does not on its face cover punitive damages. Read more...

HOUSTON COURT OF APPEALS RE-AFFIRMS TEXAS RULE LIMITING AGENT DUTIES

In an unpublished opinion, Houston’s First Court of Appeals recently upheld and re-affirmed the long-standing Texas rule limiting an insurance agent’s legal duties to (1) using reasonable diligence in attempting to place the requested insurance and (2) informing the client promptly if unable to do so Read more...

FEDERAL COURT EXAMINES SCOPE OF CGL EXCLUSION J(5): “THAT PARTICULAR PART OF REAL PROPERTY” IN OIL WELL CASE

In this recent case involving damage to an underground oil well casing, a federal district judge in San Antonio was called upon to construe the scope of the CGL policy’s Exclusion J(5) and determine exactly how much of the damage to the well fell within its scope.  Read more...