The Monson Law Firm attorney Ronald Hornback recently obtained a voluntary nonsuit with prejudice on behalf of Lighthouse Property Insurance Company in the case of “Joseph B. Herrera v. Lighthouse”, pending in the 458th District Court in Fort Bend County, Texas, Cause No. 18-DCV-251288. In this case, the adjustment determined damage from Hurricane Harvey fell below the insured’s deductible. After a $50,350 demand was received from the insured, Lighthouse invoked appraisal to resolve the dispute as to the amount of the loss. The insured filed suit while appraisal was ongoing. The agreed appraisal award confirmed the damages were below the deductible. Facing a Motion for Summary Judgment to confirm the award and dismiss the case, the insured, represented by the Houston firm of Daly & Black, agreed to dismiss the case with prejudice. Please see attached Notice of Non-Suit here.
The Monson Law Firm looks forward to attending the 2018 Texas Surplus Lines Association Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas this weekend! It will be great to see our clients and friends in such a great city! #insurance #Texas #Conferences #SurplusLines
The Monson Law Firm is proud and humbled to be invited to participate in Lighthouse Property Insurance Corporations’ Agency Rewards Trip in beautiful San Diego, California. Many thanks to Michael Durovic and Patrick White for our close relationship. Congratulations to all Lighthouse agency partners for their continued success!
Attorney Ronald Hornback out of The Monson Law Firm’s Texas office recently won a Motion to Disqualify and Strike Insureds’ appraiser, Henry Sienema of Case Strategies Group, LLC, in the case of Lighthouse Prop. Ins. Corp. v. Acosta” before the 61st District Court of Harris County, Texas. After invocation of appraisal, the insureds’ counsel sent notice and demand, supported by an estimate performed by David Sienema, also of Case Strategies Group. On oral hearing, the Court found that Henry’s family relationship with David as well as his being Vice President of the company that performed the estimate both precluded him from being impartial, as required by the Policy. The Honorable Judge Fredricka Phillips signed the Order at the hearing which both struck Mr. Sienema and requires insureds to appoint a competent and impartial appraiser in accord with the Policy. Please click here for a copy of that Order.
The Monson Law Firm is headed to London this coming week and looks forward to great meetings and fellowship with clients and friends!
Matthew D. Monson, Esq. is looking forward to seeing friends and clients today at the Louisiana Surplus Line Association midyear meeting!
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In the case of “Lighthouse Property Insurance Corporation v BMW of North America, LLC”, The Monson Law Firm alleged that a BMW parked in the insured’s garage suddenly caught fire, even though the vehicle had been turned off. Despite the fact that BMW denied all allegations and proceeded with an aggressive defense of all claims, The Monson Law Firm maintained the pressure on BMW. During litigation, BMW issued two recalls covering the vehicle in question due to a propensity of the vehicles to catch fire when off. In order to resolve the litigation, BMW entered into a confidential settlement and did not admit liability.
Even when a major manufacturer aggressively defends its product in litigation, The Monson Law Firm stands strong to get a favorable result for its client.
The Monson Law Firm wishes you a happy and safe Labor Day! We will continue to work hard to achieve your goals.
On August 1, 2018, Erika Luening filed for and obtained a Temporary Restraining Order against Nader “Anthony” Odeh pursuant to La. R.S. 46:2171 et seq., otherwise known as the Louisiana Protection from Stalking Act. Luening operates a business at 4409 Zenith Street, directly next door to the office of Claims Consulting & Contracting at 4405 Zenith Street. Currently pending in the 24th Judicial District Court for the Parish of Jefferson, Case No. 786-208, Luening alleges that Odeh “said he had guns and would use them on us if anyone came near his parking lot”. According to Luening, the police “recommend a protection order for myself and children who come to work with me. They also recommended that we get police details because the situation is violent.” Please click here to see the Petition Odeh Stalking Petition and here to see the Temporary Restraining Order. Odeh Temporary Restraining Order
On September 19, 2016 The Monson Law Firm also obtained a restraining order against Odeh, preventing him from harassing Dale Velez or any of the employees of The Velez Corporation. Please click here to see the previous post! The Monson Law Firm Wins Restraining Order Against Nader Anthony Odeh.
In the case of “Americas Insurance Company v. Billie J. Haynes, et al”, the Honorable Jay Zainey issued an order excluding both Nader “Anthony” Odeh and Maria Odeh as witnesses for the claimants. The Monson Law Firm requested the depositions of the Odehs, who were identified by claimants in discovery as their witnesses. The Monson Law Firm was informed by claimants’ attorney that “I am no longer in contact with Maria Odeh and/or Nader Anthony Odeh for various reasons. If you do schedule either of their depositions, the location will have to be either at your offices, at the Bar Association, or a neutral location. My firm is not travelling to Mr. Odeh’s office on Zenith Street due to safety concerns, so please subpoena their presence elsewhere.” Please see counsel’s correspondence here. Counsel Email
Service of deposition subpoenas was attempted by a private process server on October 18, October 23, October 30, December 1, December 4 (twice), and December 7, 2017. Despite these many attempts, service could not be obtained at the Odehs’ offices or their personal residence. On October 18, the process server observed Odeh at his office but Odeh did not answer the door.
After The Monson Law Firm filed a Motion to Exclude Witnesses due to the Odehs’ non-participation, Judge Zainey ordered “if Anthony Odeh and Maria Odeh have not submitted to a deposition they will not testify at trial under any circumstances.” Please see the Court’s Order here. Odeh Excluded
Attorney Sarah Barro recently won a Motion for Summary Judgment in the case of “Angel Ellis v. Vintage Square, Inc. d/b/a Arcade Theater, et al.” in the 22nd Judicial District Court for the Parish of St. Tammany. Plaintiff alleged that she tripped and fell down stairs at a wedding venue due to a loose bannister. In the Motion for Summary Judgment, The Monson Law Firm successfully argued that defendant lacked notice of the loose bannister prior to the accident. Plaintiff admitted that she used the subject stairs minutes prior to her fall and did not notice any issues with the bannister. The Honorable Alan Zaunbrecher granted the motion by judgment signed on July 11, 2018 and dismissed plaintiff’s claims, with prejudice. Please click here for a copy of that judgment. Ellis Judgment
Attorney Kevin Riché won a Motion for Summary Judgment in the case of “Edwina Waterhouse, et al. v. Jade, Inc. d/b/a Banks Meat Market and Atain Specialty Insurance Company” in the Civil District Court for the Parish of Orleans. Plaintiff alleged that she slipped and fell on a wet concrete surface outside the defendant’s business. In our Motion for Summary Judgment, The Monson Law Firm successfully argued that any water on the concrete surface was open and obvious to anyone exercising reasonable care. The Honorable Kern A. Reese granted the motion by judgment signed on July 17, 2018, dismissing plaintiff’s claims, with prejudice. Please click here for a copy of that judgment. Waterhouse Judgment
The Monson Law Firm extends its hearty congratulations to the recipients of the Insurance Council of Texas scholarships. This year, over twenty students were awarded scholarships. Best wishes to Alida Bakouan from the University of Houston Downtown, who gave an inspiring speech that left many insurance professionals with misty eyes. Alida shared her journey from growing up homeless in west Africa to coming to America and obtaining the education necessary to grow as a person and better her life. We are glad she chose the insurance profession and know that she and her fellow students will be a welcome addition to the industry!
Matthew Monson of The Monson Law Firm will be in attendance meeting with clients and friends at the Insurance Council of Texas/AFACT 26th Annual Property & Casualty Insurance Symposium in Austin, Texas this week. We look forward to hearing from new Texas Insurance Commissioner, Kent Sullivan, as well as learning the latest on economic and global factors affecting the Texas insurance industry. Be sure to say hello!
It is rather for us, the living, we here be dedicated to the great task remaining before us that, from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they here, gave the last full measure of devotion that we here highly resolve these dead shall not have died in vain; that the nation, shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth. — Abraham Lincoln
The Louisiana Department of Insurance issued Advisory Letter 2018-01 regarding the interpretation of a named storm or hurricane deductible in Louisiana. Essentially, the named storm or hurricane deductible should only be applied once during a calendar year. If an insured incurs more than one named storm or hurricane loss, the insurer may only apply the balance of any unused separate deductible. Please click here for a copy of the letter.LDI Advisory Letter 2018-01
The Monson Law Firm attorneys Sarah Barro and Blake Lusk recently teamed to deliver a victorious coverage Motion for Summary Judgment. In the case of “Dagoberto Antonio Avila vs. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company, et al”, plaintiff, a sushi delivery driver sued Atain Specialty Insurance Company and his employer, Tokyo Sushi, after he was rear-ended while making a delivery. Relying on the Aircraft, Auto or Watercraft exclusion in the Atain policy, the court agreed there was no coverage for plaintiff’s claims and granted summary judgment on behalf of Atain. Please click here for a copy of the judgment. Avila Judgment
Look for The Monson Law Firm attorney Matthew Monson in Dallas tomorrow for the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation’s Women in Insurance Series. Susan Monson, Matthew Monson’s mother, was an insurance executive and her love and support was instrumental in the formation of the firm. Did you know that more than half of the attorneys at our firm are women?