May 3, 2012

Last Wednesday, the Texas Supreme Court’s MDL panel granted State Farm Lloyd’s motion to transfer Hurricane Ike cases to an MDL court under Rule 13.  In Re State Farm Lloyds Hurricane Ike Litigation, 12-0156, Order Of Multidistrict Litigation Panel (April 25, 2012.)  The panel also granted Cypress Texas Lloyd’s motion.  In Re Cypress Texas Lloyds Hurricane Ike Litigation, 12-0230, Order Of Multidistrict Litigation  Panel  (April  25,  2012.)   The  panel  also  granted  National  Lloyd’s  Insurance  Company’s motion. In Re National Lloyds Insurance Company Hurricane Litigation, 12-0248, Order Of Multidistrict Litigation Panel (April 25, 2012.)  In all three orders, the MDL panel stated that an opinion would issue at a later date. Earlier this week, Judge Mike Miller (11th District Court of Harris County) was appointed as the presiding judge for these 3 MDLs and the stays were lifted. Judge Miller has been overseeing the Hurricane Ike insurance cases in Harris County for the past 3 years.