A Federal Court for the Western District of Texas, Midland/Odessa Division issued an opinion in 2021, that deals with the Texas Prompt Payment of Claims Act (TPPCA). The style of the opinion is long. We will call it Woodcrest Capital, LLC, et al v. Zurich American Insurance Company.
The TPPCA is found in Chapter 542 of the Texas Insurance Code. Chapter 542 of the TIC does not contain a statute of limitations. District courts in the Fifth Circuit are split on whether a two–year or four–year statute of limitations applies to claims brought under Chapter 542, and the Fifth Circuit has not considered the issue. The dispute is whether the two-year statute of limitations included in Chapter 541 of the TIC or the four-year statute of limitations in Section 16.051 applies to claims arising under Chapter 542.
Plaintiffs contend Defendant violated Section 542.058 when it failed to pay Plaintiffs’ insurance claims within sixty (60) days after receiving all items, statements, and forms requested. Plaintiffs conclude that their TPPCA claim arises under the statute, not under the Policies; therefore, the contractual limitation does not apply to their TPPCA claim. Additionally, Plaintiffs argue the contractual limitation in the Policies does not apply to the TPPCA claim because the language in the Policies suggests that it only applies to claims for breach of duties imposed by the Policies. The Court agrees with Plaintiffs.