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September 27, 2017 On September 27, 2017, Houston federal judge Alfred Bennett granted summary judgment to TALG client Alliance Communities, Ltd. (“Alliance”) that the insurer of the owner of an apartment complex managed by Alliance owed Alliance a duty to defend in connection with a severe bodily injury case on file in Houston state court.

Upon learning of the plight of parents faced with their health insurance being canceled for their prematurely born baby because her birth certificate was not sent into the company within 60 days of her birth, Bob Allen took on their representation on a pro bono basis. There were hundreds of thousands of dollars in incurred

One of the common threads in almost all coverage lawsuits is the potential for the policyholder, and sometimes the insurer, to recover their attorneys fees. Explore the legal, equitable, and evidentiary issues for recovering attorneys fees in insurance litigation.

Paige, who is Board Certified in Personal Injury Law, brings her 30 plus years of experience in tort litigation to The Allen Law Group. She has tried over 20 cases to a jury verdict along with at least as many arbitrations, bench trials and cases that settle during trial. Currently, Paige is handling a variety

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Bob Allen has been representing parties in tort & commercial litigation for nearly 30 years.

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The Allen Law Group Obtains a Defense for a Property Manager from a Premise Owner’s Liability Insurer

September 27, 2017

On September 27, 2017, Houston federal judge Alfred Bennett granted summary judgment to TALG client Alliance Communities, Ltd. (“Alliance”) that the insurer of the owner of an apartment complex managed by Alliance owed Alliance a duty to defend in connection with a severe bodily injury case on file in Houston state court.

Alliance is one of the nation’s largest managers of apartment complexes, including Front Range Piney Point (“Front Range”) in Houston. When workers on a maintenance project at Front Range sustained serious bodily injuries (one of them lost both of his arms and suffered burns all over his body); they filed suit against Alliance, Front Range and the maintenance subcontractor.

As a real estate manager for Front Range, Alliance requested a defense under an Evanston Insurance Company (“Evanston”) policy issued to Front Range. Evanston, however, denied the defense request and intervened in an already pending Declaratory Judgment Action seeking a ruling that it did not owe a defense to Alliance. Evanston took the position that the plaintiffs in the state court bodily injury suit were employees of the maintenance subcontractor and thus coverage to Alliance was excluded under the Evanston policy pursuant to an EMPLOYEES OF INDEPENDENT CONTRACTORS exclusion. Evanston also argued that a Building Code Violation exclusion precluded coverage to Alliance.

After a round of competing Motions for Summary Judgments, Responses, Replies and oral argument, Judge Bennett sided with Alliance and rejected Evanston’s arguments holding that the exclusions relied on by Evanston did not apply. In so doing, Judge Bennett refused to entertain extrinsic evidence offered by Evanston and he also ruled that Evanston’s duty to indemnify was not yet ripe.

PRO BONO: Bob Allen Convinces Health Insurer to Retract a Coverage Termination for a Prematurely Born Baby

Upon learning of the plight of parents faced with their health insurance being canceled for their prematurely born baby because her birth certificate was not sent into the company within 60 days of her birth, Bob Allen took on their representation on a pro bono basis. There were hundreds of thousands of dollars in incurred medical costs at stake and a doctor was refusing to perform an important procedure because of the lack of insurance.

Although it required multiple calls, an appeal of the denial and a request for an immediate response, coverage was retroactively reinstated in full. Bob says that “this is a truly wonderful result; just in time for Christmas. We were persistent, however, we were never threatening. We simply made sure that the record was clear. From there, everything worked itself out.”

The Mother was understandably grateful: “This has been an amazing day! I truly cannot thank you enough for going to bat for us on this, Bob! I am extremely confident that it was the pressure you put on them that got us to this point.”

Bob Allen to Speak at the 2016 University of Texas Insurance Law Institute in Houston

One of the common threads in almost all coverage lawsuits is the potential for the policyholder, and sometimes the insurer, to recover their attorneys fees. Explore the legal, equitable, and evidentiary issues for recovering attorneys fees in insurance litigation.

Paige Pace Allen Joins Firm. Name Changes to The Allen Law Group

Paige, who is Board Certified in Personal Injury Law, brings her 30 plus years of experience in tort litigation to The Allen Law Group. She has tried over 20 cases to a jury verdict along with at least as many arbitrations, bench trials and cases that settle during trial. Currently, Paige is handling a variety of construction related personal injury and property damage claims. Prior to joining The Allen Law Group, Paige ran the Dallas office of a Chicago-based law firm.

Firm founder Bob Allen says: “It is great to combine practices with my wife Paige. Her tort litigation practice compliments my coverage, commercial and appellate litigation practices perfectly. At this stage of our careers, it is very gratifying to create a tort and insurance boutique, allowing us to provide the highest levels of service in our areas of specialty in a comfortable, professional and low overhead environment.”