10:07 am
Tue November 26, 2013

Refusal To Pay Claims Casts Doubt On Texas Windstorm Insurer

Galveston Island in 2008 after Hurricane Ike. Lawsuits over damages are the latest challenge for the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association.
Staff Sgt. James L. Harper Jr., U.S. Air Force via

A refusal to pay losses caused by Hurricane Ike has again thrust the bedraggled Texas Windstorm Insurance Association (TWIA) into the courthouse, while raising doubts over the agency’s process for resolving claims.

The city of Galveston sued TWIA Friday. It claims the agency is refusing to pay almost $14 million for damage caused by the storm, even after agency and city appraisers agreed on the cost.

League City is also suing TWIA over $3.4 million in unpaid damages it says the agency agreed it would pay.

TWIA declined to comment on the lawsuits. State Rep. Craig Eiland, D-Galveston, is representing the city of Galveston. Houston trial lawyer Steve Mostyn, who has secured millions for TWIA policyholders, is representing League City.

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2:46 pm
Mon June 27, 2011

Lawmakers Optimistic About a TWIA Compromise

Sen. John Carona, R-Dallas, speaks to the Senate after being appointed chair of the conference committee on the Texas Windstorm Insurance Assn. (TWIA) bill on June 27, 2011.
Photo by Bob Daemmrich, Texas Tribune

State legislators say they've reached a compromise on reform of the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association, potentially averting a second special session this summer.

Absent a deal, Gov. Rick Perry said last week that he would call lawmakers back into session to work out their differences on TWIA, which acts as an insurer of last resort on hurricane and other windstorm claims.

TWIA has become a battlefield for tort reformers and trial lawyers, after it botched hurricane claims and found itself paying hefty fees to lawyers who sued on behalf of people whose initial claims didn't cover what their policies promised.

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5:22 am
Tue March 1, 2011

Top Morning Stories March 1, 2011

A Texas Senate Committee voted Monday in favor of keeping John Bradley as chair of the Forensic Science Commission.
Photo courtesy of the Texas Tribune.

Head of Controversial Science Commission Keeps Post, For Now

After a contentious hearing Monday, the Texas Senate Nominations Committee voted 4-2 to recommend approving Forensic Science Commission Chairman John Bradley's appointment.  Bradley is also Williamson County's district attorney.  He faced heated questioning yesterday, especially from Sen. Rodney Ellis D-Houston, over his handling of the high profile Cameron Todd Willingham case. 

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