The Monson Law Firm Attends 2019 Louisiana Workers’ Compensation Educational Conference

Matthew Monson is in attendance at the 2019 Louisiana Workers’ Compensation Educational Conference in New Orleans.  Hosted by the Southern Association of Workers’ Compensation Administrators, this growing conference provides interaction, education and collegiality among state regulators and industry professionals from 22 jurisdictions across the south.  We look forward to seeing our clients and friends!

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The Monson Law Firm Attends American Farm Bureau Federation Centennial

Attorney Lauren Baudot of The Monson Law Firm recently attended the 100th Annual American Farm Bureau Federation Convention and Trade Show in New Orleans.  We enjoyed spending time meeting new friends and meeting with clients.  AFBF is the unified national Voice of Agriculture, working through grassroots organizations to enhance and strengthen the lives of rural Americans and to build strong, prosperous agricultural communities.

#AFBF2019 #FarmBureau #Insurance

The Monson Law Firm Wins Bad Faith Motion for Summary Judgment

The Monson Law Firm attorney Kevin Riche recently won a summary judgment motion on behalf of Southern Fidelity Insurance Company (“SFIC”) in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana.  In the matter entitled “Letitcia Wells vs. Southern Fidelity Insurance Company,” plaintiff made claim for over $200,000 in additional contractual amounts and bad faith damages following residential damage caused by a tornado.  SFIC and plaintiffs agreed to the appraisal process, resulting in a confirmed appraisal award and additional payments to plaintiffs of only $13,406.12.  In granting SFIC’s Motion for Summary Judgment, the Court determined that “SFIC timely reimbursed Plaintiff the undisputed costs of repair at every stage of the claims process”.  Further, the Court held that “SFIC’s failure to pay Plaintiff the amount of the appraisal award before the award was given does not constitute evidence of bad faith.”  As a result, the Court granted SFIC’s summary judgment motion and dismissed plaintiffs’ claims with prejudice.  Pleaes click here for a copy of the Judgment.
The Monson Law Firm has successfully used the appraisal process to efficiently handle first-party claims at lower litigation costs than the traditional “take everybody’s deposition” method, while at the same time greatly reducing the insurer’s bad faith exposure.  If you think that you too can benefit from this approach, call The Monson Law Firm today!
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The Monson Law Firm Welcomes Katie Houlihan to our Florida office

The Monson Law Firm is pleased to announce that attorney Katie Houlihan has joined our Florida office!  Katie focuses on the defense of first and third party insurance claims.  Katie has an expansive background in residential and commercial construction, risk management, insurance and fraud prevention. Prior to joining the firm, Katie served as general counsel for a prominent general contracting firm in South Florida. Katie also worked for over twelve years for a large national insurance carrier where she served as a licensed agent, special investigative unit analyst, litigation claim representative and outside counsel.  Please join us in welcoming Katie to the firm!

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The Monson Law Firm Obtains Voluntary Dismissal on Harvey Suit

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 Attends Texas Surplus Lines Conference

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 Attends Lighthouse Agency Awards Trip

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!

The Monson Law Firm Disqualifies Texas Appraiser

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 Obtains Subro Settlement from BMW

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 Obtains Voluntary Dismissal With No Payment

The Monson Law Firm attorney Lindsay Frenkel Lobello recently obtained a voluntary dismissal on behalf of Lloyd’s Underwriters in the case of “Danny Daniel, v. Certain Underwriters at Lloyd’s, London”, pending in the 11th Judicial Circuit in Miami-Dade County, Florida, Case No. 2018-3899.   In this case, Mr. Daniel filed suit seeking additional funds under a homeowner’s policy for damage to a bathroom allegedly caused by a sewer backup.  At the time of the inspection, the bathroom had already been demolished and was in the process of a complete renovation.
In response to the suit, The Monson Law Firm prepared a Motion to Dismiss and For Sanctions pursuant to Florida Statute §57.105, as Underwriters were clearly prejudiced in their ability to investigate the claimed loss.  Please click here for a copy of the Motion to Dismiss.
 
Upon receiving The Monson Law Firm motion, counsel for plaintiff filed a Notice of Voluntary Dismissal with the court within the 21 day safe harbor statutory deadline to avoid sanctions.  Please click here for a copy of the Notice of Dismissal.

Temporary Restraining Order Issued Against Nader “Anthony” Odeh Under Louisiana Protection from Stalking Act

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.

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The Monson Law Firm Excludes Nader “Anthony” Odeh as Witness

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

The Monson Law Firm Wins Summary Judgment in Slip and Fall Case

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

The Monson Law Firm Wins Motion for Summary Judgment in Slip-and-Fall Case

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 Congratulates ICT Scholarship Recipients

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!

The Monson Law Firm attends Insurance Council of Texas Symposium

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!