May 4, 2012-Corpus Christi,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 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 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.