New Year! New Us!

January 24th, 2022 By Catherine Hanna

Press Release – Sheila S. Tan Named Partner at Hanna & Plaut, LLP Austin, TX: Hanna & Plaut, LLP, an insurance coverage boutique firm based in Austin and representing insurance carrier clients throughout the state of Texas since 1998, is pleased to announce the promotion of Sheila S. Tan to the position of Partner with the firm. Sheila has an active trial practice in insurance coverage, first and third-party bad faith and insurance defense and has been included on the
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Appellate Victory!

March 28th, 2021 By Catherine Hanna

Hats off to Eric Peabody and David Plaut for their recent win in the Amarillo Court of Appeals in Cause No. 07-20-00300-CV, Ferrer v. Almanza (March 16, 2021). The appeal involved a statute of limitations issue and a summary judgment order dismissing the plaintiff’s claims against a defendant in a motor vehicle accident case. The Amarillo Court held CPRC § 16.063 – which tolls the running of limitations for persons “absent” from the state – did not toll limitations as
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Speaking Engagement Alert

January 24th, 2021 By Catherine Hanna

Catherine Hanna will be joining a panel discussion on Mediating Insurance Coverage Claims on Tuesday, January 26, 2021. A panel of mediators and insurance coverage attorneys on both sides of the docket will have a free-ranging discussion about the unique challenges in mediating coverage. About the Webinar: The Insurance Law Section of the State Bar of Texas and the Austin Bar Association ADR Section are proud to co-sponsor a Zoom webinar with some of the preeminent insurance lawyers and mediators in
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Thanksgiving 2020: In which we discuss the many reasons we have to be thankful, including but not limited to Dolly Parton!

November 24th, 2020 By Catherine Hanna

As we approach Thanksgiving this year, I know it will be different for many of us. There will be empty chairs at the Thanksgiving table, whether because of friends and loved ones we have lost this past year or because the pandemic has caused so many of us to curtail our traditional holiday gatherings. Still, there are reasons to be thankful and this year it may be more important than ever to count our blessings! When I polled my Hanna
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Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 1933-2020

September 20th, 2020 By Catherine Hanna

“Women belong in all places where decisions are being made. It shouldn’t be that women are the exception.” Ruth Bader Ginsburg Like many fellow Americans I was heartbroken to learn on Friday evening that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had died at age 87. For many reasons, this loss hit American women especially hard.  Justice Ginsburg spent her entire career advocating for the rights of women to be treated equally at home and at work. Her legacy can be
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Covid Webcast Alert

September 8th, 2020 By Catherine Hanna

Hanna & Plaut partner Catherine Hanna recently recorded a webcast for the State Bar of Texas with renowned Texas policyholder attorneys Vince Morgan and William Chriss and fellow carrier attorney Stephen Melendi to discuss coverage issues arising from the Covid19 pandemic. The webcast premiers today – Tuesday, September 8, 2020. Come for the coverage overview. Stay for the discussion of Covid cockroaches!


Breaking News on UM/UIM

August 31st, 2020 By Catherine Hanna

On Friday, the Texas Supreme Court set an underinsured motorist (UIM) mandamus case – Cause No. 19-0791, In re State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co. and Terecina Shahan – for oral argument on December 2, 2020.  The case revisits an issue presented to the Court in Weber v. Progressive Cty. Mut. Ins. Co., 2018 W. 564001 (Tex. App. – Dallas 2018, pet. denied) on Petition for Review.   In Weber, the Dallas Court of Appeals affirmed the dismissal of extracontractual UIM
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Welcome New Attorneys Ana and Erin to Hanna & Plaut

July 14th, 2020 By Catherine Hanna

We are thrilled to welcome Ana Navarette and Erin Holmes to the Hanna & Plaut family. Erin comes to us from Skelton & Woody where she represented insurance carriers and their insureds, primarily defending lawsuits arising from auto accidents involving claims of negligence, UIM coverage, breach of contract, DTPA, Texas Insurance Code, and bad faith.  Erin was awarded her law degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School-Madison in 2002. She has been licensed to practice law in Texas since
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Fourth Court of Appeals Imposes New Post-Accident Duty on Auto Insurers

May 31st, 2020 By Catherine Hanna

            On April 1, 2020, a divided en banc Fourth Court of Appeals imposed a new post-accident duty on auto insurers. In a case of first impression, the Court reversed a Bexar County trial court’s summary judgment in favor of an auto insurer. The Appellate Court found that the auto insurer had a duty to exercise reasonable care when it instructed its insured driver to take photographs of her vehicle immediately following a one-car accident because of the special relationship
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Corporate Depositions and the Personal Knowledge Trap

May 25th, 2020 By Catherine Hanna

When entities are defendants in a lawsuit, the deposition process is not quite as easy as it would be for individual fact witnesses. Depositions of organizations are governed by Texas Rule of Civil Procedure 199.2(b)(1), which states that: If an organization is named as the witness, the notice must describe with reasonable particularity the matters on which examination is requested. In response, the organization named in the notice must—a reasonable time before the deposition—designate one or more individuals to testify
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