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Stowers After Patterson: Same As It Ever Was?
by Matthew Steven Paradowski

In April 2015 an opinion issued by the First District Court of Appeals in Houston caught the rapt attention of liability insurers and insurance law practitioners in the State of Texas, as it appeared to fundamentally alter the Stowers duty—the sole common law duty owed by liability insurers to its insureds to accept a reasonable settlement demand within policy limits. The opinion, Patterson v. Home State County Mutual Insurance Company, spawned a wave of commentary and speculation as to its meaning and legitimacy.  01-12-00365-CV, 2014 WL 1676931 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] Apr. 24, 2014), review denied (Sept. 11, 2015).

Some have some suggested that Patterson expressly narrows the application of Stowers to those demands which are not only reasonable and within policy limits, but which also offer to settle all claims, by all claimants, against all insureds.  Unless the significance of Patterson were in doubt, an Amicus Brief filed by the “Texas Policyholder Coverage Lawyers”—a virtual Who’s Who of prominent insurance plaintiffs’ lawyers—argued in support of overturning Patterson on appeal before the Texas Supreme Court. Amicus Brief o...(Continue)

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Section Hosting New Insurance Law Hot Topic Webinar May 25th

Join the Insurance Law Section from 12:00 Noon - 1:00pm Central on May 25th for the Insurance Law Hot Topic Webinar: "Ironshore v. Aspen: How Much is Too Much?" and earn up to 1.0 hour MCLE credit.

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