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D&O Nuts & Bolts in Journal of Texas Insurance Law

Amy Stewart Law Associate Marisa L. Jeffrey recently published an article in the Journal of Texas Insurance Law.

Nuts & Bolts :: Directors & Officers Liability Policies” provides an overview of D&O policies, which provide the executives of a company with protection against liability for “wrongful acts” committed in their corporate capacities and the cost of defending such claimsThe article provides a primer on D&O insurance, common policy provisions, and key considerations to guide policy evaluation. 

The Journal is published by the Insurance Law Section of the State Bar of Texas. 

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Amy Elizabeth Stewart Named to D Magazine 2017 Best Lawyers List

We are pleased to announce that Amy Stewart Law Managing Principal Amy Elizabeth Stewart has been named to D Magazine’s 2017 listing of the Best Lawyers in Dallas, based on her work in insurance law.

“It’s certainly an honor to be in such excellent company,” Ms. Stewart says. “I’m grateful to my peers who voted for me, and to our clients, who have given us the opportunity to do the kind of work that merits recognition.”

The D Magazine listing is the latest honor for the firm, which was recognized for its insurance law expertise in the 2016 Best Law Firms list published by U.S. News & World Report and The Best Lawyers in America. Ms. Stewart, who represents insurance policyholders, has also earned selection to the annual Texas Super Lawyers list every year since 2009, including being named one of the Top 50 Women Lawyers in Texas in 2014 and 2015.


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SCOT Menchaca Ruling Benefits Policyholders, Clarifies Case Law

Resolving significant confusion regarding the remedies available for violations of the Texas Insurance Code, on April 7, 2017, the Texas Supreme Court issued its much-awaited decision in USAA Texas Lloyds Co. v. Menchaca. In an opinion welcomed by the policyholder bar, the Supreme Court reconciled the principles articulated in earlier decisions, clearly setting forth “five rules that address the relationship between contract claims under an insurance policy and tort claims under the Insurance Code.”    

As noted in our March 2015 post, “Vail Remains ‘Un-Veiled,’” insurers have long taken the position that an insured must prove an injury separate and apart from injury caused by a breach of an insurance contract in order to recover statutory damages under the Texas Insurance Code.  In the earlier post, we make the case that this position was incorrect and that the independent injury requirement applies only where an insurer’s denial of coverage was not wrongful. Menchaca brought this dispute squarely before the Texas Supreme Court.

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Breaking News: Amy Stewart Explains Big Texas Insurance Ruling

The Supreme Court of Texas has issued one of the biggest insurance rulings in years, and our own Amy Elizabeth Stewart sat down for an extensive interview with the national legal publication Law360 to help explain the court’s decision. 

In USAA Texas Lloyd’s v. Menchaca, the Texas high court cleared up years of legal confusion by ruling that policyholders can recover benefits as actual damages if such benefits were lost due to an insurer’s violation of the Texas Insurance Code. The Supreme Court also established five rules that lower courts must observe when deciding cases over policy breaches and Insurance Code violations.

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Code-Breaking with Larry G. Cassil, Jr.

We recently welcomed Larry G. Cassil, Jr., to Amy Stewart Law. A senior lawyer with decades of experience in insurance law, Larry brings to the firm a wealth of knowledge from both sides of the insurance table – working for insurers and insureds.

We had a few questions about what drew him to insurance law and how he views his job as a policyholder advocate.

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Amy Stewart Law is a boutique law firm that represents policyholders in insurance coverage litigation and bad faith, with an emphasis in directors & officers liability, cyber insurance, fiduciary liability, professional liability and other specialty liability coverages.


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