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New Texas Hail Law Restricts Property Policyholder Rights Far Beyond Hail Claims

On May 26, Gov. Greg Abbott signed into law House Bill 1774, a tort-reform bill that limits a policyholder’s ability to sue its insurer for mishandling property claims arising from natural disasters. Designed to curb the exploitation of storm victims and insurance companies by the plaintiff’s bar, the new law significantly undercuts incentives for insurers to act responsibly, while making it more difficult for policyholders to hold insurers accountable for improper delays and failing to pay claims.

Although popularly referred to as a “hailstorm” bill, the law applies more broadly to any “first-party claim . . . made by an insured” under a property insurance policy that “arises from damage to or loss of covered property caused, wholly or partly, by forces of nature, including an earthquake or earth tremor, a wildfire, a flood, a tornado, lightning, a hurricane, hail, wind, a snowstorm, or a rainstorm.” Tex. Ins. Code § 542A.001(2).

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Texas Lawbook: ‘WannaCry’ Attack Prompts Focus on Cyber Insurance

The recent WannaCry malware attack “provides a timely reminder that hackers are endlessly inventive and have a lot of time on their hands – time they spend devising new ways to profit by creating chaos and exploiting the world’s interconnectedness,” Amy Elizabeth Stewart wrote in a recently published article on Texas Lawbook.

Ms. Stewart’s article offered advice to businesses looking to purchase a cyberinsurance policy in a rapidly evolving marketplace.

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