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Debunking the Stowers Myths :: Common Misconceptions Explained (Part II)

In this eight-post series, we are examining the most common “Stowers myths” that sometimes confuse the practical application of an insurance company’s duty to behave in a reasonably prudent manner in responding to settlement demands.  If you are new to the series, you may want to start here, at the beginning, to learn more about the basic parameters of the Stowers doctrine.  MYTH #2  ▪   The settlement demand must be in writing to trigger the ...

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Debunking the Stowers Myths :: Common Misconceptions Explained

When an insurance company fails to act reasonably in rejecting or failing to respond to a settlement demand, it may be subject to extra-contractual liability under the long-standing Stowers doctrine.  First articulated more than 80 years ago in G.A. Stowers Furniture Company v. American Indemnity Company, 15 S.W.2d 544 (Tex. Comm’n App. 1929), the common-law Stowers duty  applies when:  (1) the claim against the insured is within the scope of coverage; (2) the demand for sett ...

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Amy Stewart PC Certified As Women's Business Enterprise By Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC)

Amy Stewart PC is excited to announce that the firm recently received certification as a Woman-Owned Business Enterprise by Women’s Business Enterprise National Council. The Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), founded in 1997, is the largest third-party certifier of businesses owned, controlled, and operated by women in the United States. WBENC, a national 501(c)(3) non-profit, partners with 14 Regional Partner Organizations to provide its world-class standard of certification ...

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Top Ten D&O Mistakes :: UT Law CLE Corporate Counsel Institute 2014

Next week, Amy Elizabeth Stewart is slated to address attendees at the UT Law CLE Corporate Counsel Institute 2014 on current issues in directors and officers liability insurance. Stewart, along with Kara Altenbaumer-Price of USI Southwest, will present "Top Ten D&O Insurance Mistakes," focusing on common management liability insurance issues faced by corporate insureds. Drawing from, their own experience working with policyholders, Stewart and Altenbaumer-Price will&n ...

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Amy Elizabeth Stewart Named to D Magazine's List of "Best Lawyers" 2014

Drumroll, please!  For the third consecutive year, D Magazine has included Amy Elizabeth Stewart on its “Best Lawyers" list in the area of insurance law. Nominated by her peers as an outstanding lawyer in her area of practice, Ms. Stewart was recognized with approximately 500 Dallas lawyers on the 2014 list.  To compile the list, D Magazine requests peer nominations for those lawyers ranking among the current best in specific practice areas. Once the votes are ...

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Amy Elizabeth Stewart to Present at Advanced Insurance Law Course

Amy Elizabeth Stewart, of Amy Stewart PC, along with David H. Timmins, of Gardere Wynne & Sewell, and Alan D. Freudenheim of Firemans' Fund Insurance Company, will present "A Practical Guide to Common Ethical Dilemmas for Coverage Lawyers and Defense Counsel" at the Texas Bar CLE's Advanced Insurance Law Course 2014.  The panel discussion is scheduled for 12:15 p.m. on Thursday, April 24 at the Westin Oaks in Houston, Texas. The 45-minute presentation provides .75 ...

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Shelbi Barnhouse Named to Texas Super Lawyers' 2014 Rising Stars List

DALLAS--Texas Super Lawyers has named insurance coverage and business litigation lawyer Shelbi Barnhouse, of Dallas’ Amy Stewart PC, on its 2014 Rising Stars list. This is Shelbi's fifth year to be included amongst this

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Amy Elizabeth Stewart Elected to American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel

DALLAS—Insurance coverage litigation boutique law firm Amy Stewart PC is pleased to announce that firm founder and managing shareholder Amy Elizabeth Stewart has been elected to The American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel (ACCEC) by a unanimous vote of the ACCEC Board of Regents. The ACCEC is an organization comprised of prominent insurance coverage counsel, representing the interests of both insurers and policyholders, for the purpose of improving the quality of the practice of insu ...

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Construction Industry Prevails :: Texas Supreme Court Limits Scope of Contractual Liability Exclusion

On Friday, January 17, 2014, the Texas Supreme Court ruled that construction defect lawsuits alleging faulty workmanship are generally covered under a commercial general liability, concluding that the contractual liability exclusion does not operate to preclude coverage for defective work. The high court’s unanimous opinion in Ewing Construction Company v. Amerisure Insurance Company provides significant reassurance to both property owners and contractors that the liability insurance pur ...

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The Psychology in Mediating a Personal Lines Insurance Dispute

By Dana Harbin, Of Counsel Mediation is the most often used method of alternative dispute resolution. Courts order mediation in almost every case as a means of early resolution, which unquestionably benefits the judicial dockets, but when conducted appropriately, can be an effective tool in resolving even the most complex disputes. Given its popularity and success, many professionals make mediation their sole practice, schooling themselves in the art of negotiation and conflict resolution. However, not ...

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Amy Stewart PC Welcomes Emily McCall as Of Counsel

Shortly after Amy Stewart PC celebrated its fourth anniversary, the Dallas-based insurance coverage boutique firm added its third lawyer this year when Emily McCall joined the firm as Of Counsel. Emily brings to the firm a strong commercial litigation background and experience representing officers, directors, and their organizations in high-stakes situations: government investigations, internal investigations, white-collar criminal litigation, and complex business litigation o ...

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Dana Harbin Joins Insurance Boutique Law Firm Amy Stewart PC

Dallas insurance boutique law firm Amy Stewart PC is pleased to announce that Dana Harbin has joined the firm as Of Counsel. Dana is an experienced insurance coverage lawyer who has represented both insurers and insureds over the course of her career, handling litigation and pre-litigation disputes involving both first- and third-party insurance policies. For more than 20 years, Dana has provided her clients with smart, practical, and creative solutions on issues arising from c ...

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For Five Consecutive Years, Amy Elizabeth Stewart Has Been Included on the Texas Super Lawyers’ List

Texas Super Lawyers has once again included Amy Elizabeth Stewart on its list of the state’s most highly-regarded attorneys. This year marks Ms. Stewart’s fifth consecutive year on the list, recognized for her work in insurance coverage law.

Super Lawyers was recently awarded a patent for its multi-phase selection process that considers twelve distinct indicators through third-party research, peer nominations and evaluations, as well as professional achievements. This process highlights Super Lawyers' dedication to credibility and impartiality when bestowing this special recognition.

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Amy Stewart PC Welcomes Marisa Jeffrey

Amy Stewart PC welcomes Marisa Jeffrey as the newest lawyer on our team. An SMU law grad, Marisa is an avid sand volleyball player, a big Mizzou fan, and a big sister with Big Brothers and Big Sisters. She found herself immediately at home – and swamped with work! Marisa is active with Dallas Association of Young Lawyers, a mentee in Transition to Law Practice, and involved with both the Dallas Bar Association Trial Academy and The Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program. We are truly excited to have her join us.

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Amy Stewart PC Celebrates Four Years

Four years ago, Dallas lawyer Amy Elizabeth Stewart founded the Dallas-based insurance recovery and coverage litigation boutique law firm, Amy Stewart PC. We’ve grown to four lawyers since then, added top-notch professionals in critical support staff roles, and relocated to our fabulous office space in Mockingbird Station.

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