Gravely & Pearson, L.L.P. Wins Verdict in Insurance Breach of Contract and Bad Faith

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A Corpus Christi jury has found in favor of a local church and against its insurance company where the insurance company knowingly refused to pay for damage to the church’s building that was covered by insurance. Though the jury found the insurance company attempted to avoid paying based on several technicalities, attorneys from the San Antonio firm of Gravely & Pearson, L.L.P., the policyholders’ law firm, convinced both the Texas Supreme Court and the jury that the insurer was liable for violating its duties to the church.

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May 4, 2012-Corpus Christi, Texas-(Case No. 04-3733-A) in the District Court, 28th Judicial District, Nueces County, Texas. Gravely & Pearson, L.L.P., the policyholders’ law firm, won a verdict in a commercial insurance coverage case last week in Corpus Christi, Texas. Gravely & Pearson, L.L.P. represented the church, Christi Bay Temple, against GuideOne Insurance Company after GuideOne refused to pay for covered water damage to the church sanctuary. After a weeklong trial, the jury found in favor of the church, deciding GuideOne had violated the Texas Insurance Code and awarding actual and punitive damages as well as attorneys’ fees. Evidence at trial showed GuideOne had knowingly ignored significant parts of the covered damage. With the delay penalties for underpaid insurance claims, the judgment is expected to be in excess of half a million dollars.

The verdict is the second successful commercial insurance coverage verdict this month for Gravely & Pearson, L.L.P.

In 2007, the trial court had dismissed this case based on a legal issue regarding the identity of the parties. In a remarkable turnabout, Gravely & Pearson, L.L.P. convinced the Texas Supreme Court, that the trial court was mistaken in dismissing the church’s case, and the case was sent back for trial on the merits.

About Gravely & Pearson, L.L.P.

Gravely & Pearson, L.L.P. represents insurance policyholders in disputes arising out of the bad faith actions and poor claims handling by their insurance companies. According to the Texas Lawyer, Gravely & Pearson L.L.P. was responsible for the largest insurance verdict in the state of Texas in 2011. Gravely & Pearson, L.L.P. lawyers are consistently recognized for their work at both the trial and appellate level.

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