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It’s A Round-Up, Y’all!

March 29th, 2020 By Lauren Burgess

Ed. Note: At Hanna & Plaut we encourage attorney involvement in practice organizations like the Texas Association of Defense Counsel. We’re also not ashamed to take advantage of the good work they do as part of their responsibilities. Today, we are pleased to present a case round-up that Lauren Burgess prepared as part of her role as a Director-at-Large for TADC. Alcala v. Republic Lloyds, No. 13-18-00026-CV, 2020 WL 830840 (Tex. App.–Corpus Christi Feb. 20, 2020) Holding: Timely payment of
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WEBINAR ALERT

March 21st, 2020 By Catherine Hanna

Catherine will be presenting an Insurance Section Webinar on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. CDT on the hot topic of recent developments in UM/UIM litigation. (Ok, maybe not the hottest topic currently, but let’s be real. Don’t you want to think about something other than Coronavirus for an hour? Plus it’s the perfect CLE for social distancing. You can get without leaving your house!). Shawn Mechler, of the Crosley Law Firm in San Antonio, is
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The View From My Office: How Hanna & Plaut is Handling COVID-19

March 16th, 2020 By Catherine Hanna

In keeping with CDC guidance, Hanna & Plaut attorneys and staff will be working from home for the next two weeks. Many Hanna & Plaut attorneys already work from home several days out of the week so we know that our remote capacity is good and we will be available to handle your cases productively and efficiently. We expect to have a skeleton crew on hand to handle phone calls and filing deadlines, but you can always reach attorneys by
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Happy International Women’s Day

March 9th, 2020 By Catherine Hanna

We’ve come a long way, baby!  Arabella Mansfield became the first female lawyer in the United States when she was admitted to the Iowa bar in 1869. Edith Locke became the first female lawyer in Texas in 1902 and Hortense Ward was the first woman in Texas to be admitted to the United States Supreme Court Bar in 1915. In my first year of law school, I learned that two famous alumni had faced very different career opportunities when they graduated
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Plaut Spouts: Dealing with the Difficult Lawyer

January 20th, 2020 By David L. Plaut

One of the great pleasures of law practice is the camaraderie between lawyers and professionalism that exist despite the often high-stakes nature of litigation.  On the other hand, there’s nothing worse than having to deal with opposing counsel who is rude to you and your staff, belligerent in his demands, oblivious to the clear requirements of Texas law, and contentious as a matter of course.  Dealing with jokers of this sort is a skill that can be learned.  I’ve often
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Happy New Year! High hopes for 2020!

January 15th, 2020 By Catherine Hanna

“A New Year’s resolution is something that goes in one year and out the other.” ‘Tis the season. . . for goals and resolutions! Many people scoff at those of us who make New Year’s Resolutions, claiming they don’t work. That attitude may be accurate for many resolutions – even if we do lose those pounds, aren’t they more likely than not to come right back on? In fact, the trend these days, is to come up with goals or
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Hanna and Plaut sponsors Austin Public Library Foundation Gala

November 11th, 2019 By Catherine Hanna

“The library is a gathering pool of narratives and of the people who come to find them. It is where we can glimpse immortality; in the library, we can live forever.” ― Susan Orlean, The Library Book Lawyers are readers and insurance coverage lawyers read a lot. When we get tired of reading insurance policies (which hardly ever happens, we promise!) most of us enjoy curling up with a good book. You can often find us discussing books we’ve read
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Is Eight Enough? The Texas Supreme Court may answer that question when it tackles the eight-corners rule.

September 24th, 2019 By Jeffrey C. Glass

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals recently certified to the Texas Supreme Court, and the latter accepted, a question that could end up undermining the “eight corners” rule.  State Farm Lloyds v. Richards, 18-10721, 2019 WL 4267354, at *3 (5th Cir. Sept. 9, 2019), certified question accepted (Sept. 13, 2019) Jayden Meals was killed in an all-terrain vehicle accident while under the temporary care of his grandparents, the Richards. Jayden’s mother sued the Richards in state court alleging they were
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Hanna & Plaut Partners Selected Once Again to the Texas Super Lawyers List

September 12th, 2019 By Catherine Hanna

Congratulations to Hanna & Plaut partners David Plaut and Catherine Hanna on their selection to the 2019 Texas Super Lawyers list. Each year, no more than five percent of the lawyers in the state are selected to receive this honor. Catherine and David are especially proud of this achievement since it is based on a process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area. While achieving this level of
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A Flood of Bad News for Tardy Claimants

July 21st, 2019 By Sheila Tan

Floods are unfortunate recurring events in Texas, and more so in recent years with Hurricane Harvey highlighting just how destructive Mother Nature can be. Little wonder that flood insurance and flood claims have been the subject of plenty of litigation and a recent opinion from the Fifth Circuit underscores how tricky it can be to navigate these waters (pun intended). Flood is generally not covered under a standard homeowner’s policy. In order to allow homeowners to obtain such coverage the
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