Firm News

Federal Magistrate Certifies Facts Showing Opposing Partys Conduct Constitutes Civil Contempt. District Judge to Hold Show Cause Hearing.

LORDA clients Peter Denton and his company Harvest Investors seek to collect on a multi-million dollar Swiss Arbitration award that has been confirmed into a U.S. judgment. The debtor is Swiss citizen Rudolf Suter, currently a Dallas-based optical company executive, who has resorted to obstruction and bankruptcy to avoid paying the judgment against him. In

LORDA Assists CGL Insurer in Obtaining a Substantial Recovery from a Pollution Insurer in Final 9-11 Mass Action

This result emanated from the navigation and negotiation of multiple insurers providing different lines of coverage with multiple layers over seven years of potential coverage. LORDA Principal, Bob Allen, represented a CGL carrier as its coverage counsel in connection with hundreds of bodily injury claims against one of the major commercial remediation companies involved in

Bob Allen Guides Ace European to a Rare 91a Dismissal. Judge Awards Fees.

In a classic forum battle pitting a first filed Texas action against a California action over the same transaction, Bob Allen, working with Clyde & Co., secured a dismissal of a Dallas suit for declaratory judgment brought by Ringler & Associates in deference to a subsequently filed suit for damages brought by ACE European and

LORDA Defeats a GC’s Attempt to Obtain AI Coverage from Sub’s Insurer

Galveston Federal Magistrate John R. Froeschner held oral arguments on March 11 and then two days later he issued a Memorandum Order recommending the granting of LORDA’s client Selective Insurance Company of South Carolina’s motion for summary judgment in a coverage dispute arising from a lawsuit over bodily injuries and a death at a construction

LORDA Wins a $27,605 Attorneys Fees Sanction for Client due to Opponent’s Obstruction of the Discovery Process

On Christmas Eve, U.S. Magistrate Judge David A. Horan issued a Memorandum Order awarding LORDA clients Peter Denton and Harvest Investors, LP $27,605 in attorney’s fees as a Fed. R. Civ. P. 37(a)(5) Sanction because of their opponent’s failure to produce documents in a complex international collection action emanating from a multi-million dollar Swiss Arbitration

Bob Allen to Speak at the ABA Litigation Section Insurance Coverage Conference in Tucson

On March 5, 2015 at the Annual Conference in Tucson, Bob will be a panelist presenting “Give & Take: The Battle Over Defense Dollars.” This panel will cover (a) the initial negotiation between carrier and policyholder regarding defense, rates and potential impact on later reimbursement; (b) managing the defense process – frustrations and tips from

Bob Allen Named to the Faculties of the 2014 University of Texas Insurance Law Seminar and the 29th American Conference Institute’s National Forum on Bad Faith Claims Litigation.

At the University of Texas Insurance Law Seminar, to be held on November 13-14, 2014 at the Cityplace Conference Center in Dallas, Bob will be speaking on “Why You Should Care About Gilbert, Ewing and Lennar Outside of the Construction Context.” At the American Conference Institute’s Bad Faith Claims Litigation National Forum, on November 18-19,

Bob Allen Elected Into The American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel

The American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel (ACCEC), established in 2012, is composed of preeminent coverage and extracontractual counsel in the United States and Canada, representing the interests of both insurers and policyholders. ACCEC is focused on the creative, ethical and efficient adjudication of insurance coverage and extracontractual disputes, peer-provided scholarship, professional coordination and

Law Offices of Robert D Allen Celebrates its First Anniversary

It has been a great year. With technology and my supporting lawyers, legal assistant and secretary, I was able to pick up right where I left off from the big firms. In addition to an active docket in state, federal and bankruptcy courts all over Texas, I acted as lead counsel in litigation in Colorado,

LORDA Obtains Dismissal of an Insured’s Amended Complaint in Protracted D&O Bad Faith Litigation

On behalf of Zurich American Insurance Co., Bob Allen convinced Dallas Federal Judge Sidney Fitzwater to dismiss a D&O bad faith lawsuit. This is the second dismissal scored by LORDA in this suit. Here, the court threw out the insured’s action for Declaratory Judgment on the duties to defend and indemnify on the basis that