Texas Supreme Court Upholds Lower-Court Ruling on Discovery of Evidence in UIM Case

In another UIM case that involved a discovery dispute, the Texas Supreme Court denied State Farm Insurance Company’s petition for writ of mandamus to stop discovery of evidence on extracontractual claims, upholding a Fort Worth Court of Appeals and district court ruling on the matter. The case involves Paula C. Mentzer and her lawsuit against...

Texas Supreme Court Allows Deposition of Insurer Carrier’s Corporate Representative on Limited Basis

The Texas Supreme Court recently ruled in a UM/UIM insurance case that a deposition of an insurance carrier’s corporate representative is allowed but limited to issues related to the case. The opinion was drafted by Justice Debra Lehrmann, who acknowledged that individuals are allowed to solicit testimony from corporate representatives regarding damages; however, insurance carriers...

Texas Supreme Court Provides Road Map for Insurance Carriers on Electronic Signatures

The Texas Supreme Court recently entered an opinion on the use of electronic signatures in a case against a staffing company and its computerized hiring application process. According to the Texas Uniform Electronic Transactions Act, “an electronic record or electronic signature is attributable to a person showing ... the efficacy of any security procedure...