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Bob Allen Co-Chairs Successful Insurance Coverage Law Symposium at SMU Dedman School of Law for the American College of Coverage Counsel.

On November 11, 2022, the American College of Coverage Counsel hosted its 8th Annual Law School Insurance Coverage Law Symposium at SMU Dedman School of Law. The ACCC is an honorary, invitation-only organization of insurance coverage specialists made up of experienced practitioners of policyholders’ counsel and counsel for insurers. Prior Law School Symposiums have been

Bob Allen Re-Elected to Three-Year Term to the Board of Regents of the American College of Coverage Counsel and Receives the Thomas F. Segalla Award

At the 2022 Annual Meeting at the Intercontinental Hotel in Chicago, the Fellows of the American College of Coverage Counsel reelected Bob Allen to their Board of Regents. Bob will serve the organization as a Regent through 2025. At the same meeting, Bob also a received the Thomas F. Segalla Award in recognition of dedication

Paige Pace Allen Obtains a Dismissal of a Multi-Jurisdictional Collection Action Through a Successful Special Appearance Based on the Best Evidence Rule

A Dallas-based company sued a TALG client, a London doctor, in Dallas state court for collection on an alleged promissory note to pay significant medical expenses incurred in connection with a scuba diving incident in Cozumel in which the diver, the London doctor’s son, was in a coma for two days. The alleged note called

Bob Allen Comments on Important Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Coverage Case and is Quoted in Claims Journal

On May 21, 2021, the Texas Supreme Court handed down its 5-4 decision in Allstate Ins. Co. v. Irwin, 2021 WL 2021446 (Tex. 2021) in which the Court officially adopted Declaratory Judgment as the procedural method by which insureds can seek recovery from their insurers for uninsured/underinsured motorist claims. It has very interesting implications in terms

Fifth Circuit Certifies 8-Corner Duty to Defend Questions to the Texas Supreme Court

On March 12, 2021, the Fifth Circuit in Bitco General Ins. Co. v. Monroe Guaranty Ins. Co., 2021 WL 955155 (5th Cir. 2021) certified two questions on the 8-Corner rule on an insurer’s duty to defend to the Texas Supreme Court. Here, the Texas Supreme Court is being asked to weigh in on potential exceptions to the

Bob Allen Prepares Casenotes on Important Stowers and Underinsured Motorist Coverage Cases and is Quoted in Law360

In the past month, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals handed down an important decision on the Texas Stowers Doctrine in American Guarantee and Liability Ins. Co. v. ACE American Ins. Co., ___ F.3d ___; 2020 WL 7487067 (5th Cir. 2020). Bob Allen’s take on the decision is contained in the attached casenote he authored


After co-founding the DBA’s Tort and Insurance Practice Section (DBA TIPS) in the late 90s with Mike Knapek, Nikki Carmody and the late Mark Pistorious, Bob served as its Chair in 2001. At the DBA TIPS Annual Meeting on Tuesday, December 1, 2020 at noon, he and his fellow DBA TIPS Past-Chairs will be virtually

TALG Moving to 10670 North Central Expressway March 24, 2020

The Allen Law Group is moving their Law Offices to 10670 North Central Expressway, Suite 550, Dallas, TX 75231. All contact information: Email: Off: 214-217-5012 Fax: 214-291-5544 Address: 10670 North Central Expressway, Suite 550, Dallas, TX 75231. The move, which is ongoing, is being be impacted by the CO-VID 19 shut-down and quarantine.

TALG Intervenes into Coverage DJ and Obtains a Summary Judgment of No Coverage Under a Commercial Auto Policy

When Commercial Auto-insurer Amtrust Insurance Company of Kansas, out of the blue, received a policy limits Stowers demand in a wrongful death lawsuit being defended by the mutual insured’s CGL carrier, it turned to Bob Allen to resolve the coverage issue. Over the opposition of the CGL carrier, AmTrust intervened in the CGL carrier’s pending

TALG Obtains Ruling that CGL Carrier Does Not Owe A Duty To Defend Due To a Professional Liability Exclusion

              A Houston-based safety engineering firm was sued in a construction site wrongful death suit. It tendered the suit to its CGL insurer, TALG client the Travelers Indemnity Co., who denied a defense based on its policy’s Professional Liability exclusion. Eighteen months later, this insured filed suit against Travelers in Houston Federal Court for breach