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In the News

Ernest Martin in Law360: Ebola Crisis Sparks Concern About Coverage For Quarantines

The threat of the spread of Ebola in the U.S. has left hospitals and other policyholders worried about coverage for quarantines and other disease-related occurrences, with questions arising about the applicability of certain exclusions and the triggering event for coverage under property damage and business interruption policies. >>

Recent Publications

Law360 Guest Article: Do Fracking Bans Trigger Civil Authority Coverage?

On Dec. 2, Denton’s controversial ban on hydraulic fracturing became effective, making it the first city in Texas to prohibit fracking within city limits. >>

Denton’s Fracking Ban: Will “Civil Authority” Insurance Coverage Apply to Lessees’ Loss of Natural Gas Revenues?

On November 4, 2014, voters in Denton made that city the first in Texas to ban hydraulic fracturing within city limits. >>

Putting the Genie Back in the Bottle: Fifth Circuit Finds Breach of Express Warranty to Repair Not Excluded by the “Contractual Liability” Exclusion

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has held that a contractor’s breach of an express warranty to repair does not constitute an “assumption of liability in a contract or agreement” for purposes of the “contractual liability” exclusion found in most general liability policies. >>

Sixth Circuit Clarifies Scope of Medicare Secondary Payer Liability for Non-Group Health Plans

On July 16, 2014, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals confirmed that a “health care provider can bring the Medicare Secondary Payer Act’s (“MSP’s”) private cause of action against a non-group health plan that denies coverage for a reason besides Medicare eligibility.”  >>

Insurance Coverage Litigation

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We Know Insurance

Haynes and Boone’s Insurance Coverage Litigation Practice Group represents clients in all facets of their dealings with insurance carriers. We have recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for clients in pursuit of a variety of insurance claims, including the following:

  • General liability, products, E&O, D&O, employment practices, construction defect, and fiduciary liability claims for defense costs, judgments and settlements in underlying litigation
  • First-party commercial property claims, including business interruption and builder’s risk
  • Crime and fidelity claims
  • Intellectual property claims
  • Mortgage, trade credit, and other credit risk claims
  • Marine, aviation, oil & gas, and environmental claims
  • Professional malpractice claims
  • Unfair claims handling, Stowers, insurance code and bad faith claims

In addition to litigation, our coverage lawyers regularly advise clients in negotiating policy coverages, auditing existing insurance contracts and indemnities, insurer insolvencies, risk transfer, and insurance implications in commercial transactions.

We Know Our Clients

Our clients rely on us in critical times of loss. We help businesses and individuals facing costly litigation or recovering from a catastrophic event to get the financial protection they deserve from their insurance carriers. While the goal to maximize recovery remains the same, each client’s path is different. We pursue insurance claims with a customized approach tailored to your specific needs. We learn your business, your risks and your objectives. Whether aggressive trial advocacy or discrete negotiation is required, we are committed to meeting your goals. We are more than litigators. We are trusted business advisors helping clients maximize insurance benefits.

We Offer Right-Sized Legal Solutions

Today’s commercial environment demands flexibility and adaptation to changing conditions. We are no different. Clients and claims come in all shapes and sizes. From the billion-dollar property loss to individual liability insurance claims, each client’s needs are significant. We have experience providing creative, efficient, right-size solutions to accommodate both your legal and financial objectives.

We Are a Team

Collaboration is a daily part of our practice. Our clients’ insurance claims often involve multiple and diverse legal issues from intellectual property law to bankruptcy, oil and gas law and securities regulation. When such matters arise, our insurance coverage group can draw upon the wealth of knowledge and experience provided by hundreds of firm lawyers in literally dozens of legal disciplines. The breadth and depth of firm experience allows us to provide unparalleled efficiency, responsiveness and client service in maximizing your insurance claim.

Our Community Matters

Our insurance coverage litigators are recognized leaders in both the practice of insurance law and the broader community. In 1998, the chair of our practice group pioneered the formation of the Insurance Law Section of the State Bar of Texas - a statewide organization of insurance coverage attorneys and industry representatives - helping them stay on the cutting edge of insurance law and industry trends for the benefit of our clients. Today, members of our insurance recovery group hold leadership positions in local, state and national bar organizations. Beyond the legal community, our coverage lawyers also give countless hours of service each year to pro bono clients as well as charitable, educational and religious organizations.