Our Dallas Office

Mailing address:
P.O. Box 224626
Dallas, Texas 75222

Physical address:
2223 W Jefferson Blvd.
Dallas, Texas 75208

214.946.8000 phone
214.946.8433 fax

Our Santa Fe Office

505 Cerrillos Road, Suite A209
Santa Fe, NM 87501

505.986.0600 phone
505.986.0632 fax

Our Houston Address

2368A Rice Blvd. #447
Houston, Texas 77005

In re State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co., No. 02-20-00144-CV, — S.W.3d —, 2020 WL 6788961 (Tex. App.- Fort Worth Nov. 19, 2020, orig. proceeding)

In re State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co., No. 02-20-00144-CV, — S.W.3d —, 2020 WL 6788961 (Tex. App.- Fort Worth Nov. 19, 2020, orig. proceeding)

Denial of State Farm’s mandamus petition seeking to avoid discovery in the uninsured/underinsured motorist context.  In doing so, the court of appeals discusses at length the distinction between a breach of contract claim against the UM/UIM insurer and common law or statutory claims for breach of duties of good faith and fair dealing.  Noting a distinction based on the historical development of the claims and their accrual, the court of appeals found that Brainard does not foreclose such claims.  Rather, another line of cases, beginning with the Texas Supreme Court’s opinion in Arnold (and modified later by Murray), which hold that the insurer’s duties of good faith and fair dealing can accrue prior to a judgment that would trigger the insurer’s contractual liability, controls and allows such claims, and supported the trial court’s order compelling discovery related to the insurer’s claims-handling practices.

Kirk L. Pittard, PartnerLana P. Beverly, Associate