Texas Insurance Law Newsbrief - July 21, 2021

July 21, 2021

COURT REJECTS ARGUMENT THAT MEDICAL BILLS ARE ADMISSIBLE TO PROVE NON-ECONOMIC DAMAGES - AFFIRMS TRIAL COURT’S EXCLUSION

Last week, the Court of Appeals, El Paso, rejected the defendant’s argument that the plaintiff’s medical bills were admissible for the jury’s consideration of non-economic damages, and affirmed the trial court’s exclusion of the medical bills.  Read more...

APPEALS COURT CONCLUDES ATTORNEY’S FEES ARE RECOVERABLE IN UM/UIM CASES BROUGHT PURSUANT TO UDJA

Last week, the Court of Appeals, Fort Worth, concluded that attorney’s fees are recoverable in UM/UIM cases brought pursuant to the Uniform Declaratory Judgments Act (“UDJA”).  Read more...

COURT OF APPEALS AFFIRMS SUMMARY JUDGMENT IN ASBESTOS-RELATED WRONGFUL-DEATH CLAIM

Last week, the Court of Appeals, Houston, concluded that the plaintiff did not establish that the asbestos exposure was a substantial factor in causing the decedent’s mesothelioma and death.  Read more...

U.S. DISTRICT COURT FOLLOWS LINE OF CASES DISMISSING COVID-19 BUSINESS-INTERRUPTION CLAIMS

Last week, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas dismissed a restaurant’s COVID-19 business-interruption claim, concluding that the restaurant did not adequately allege that COVID-19 caused physical damage or loss.  Read more...