Insurance lawyers need to know about this 2017 case from the Eastern District, Sherman Division. It is styled, Hidden Cove Park and Marina et al v. Lexington Insurance Company, et al. The case concerns the discovery of an insurance company’s loss reserves.
The Court held a telephonic conference regarding a discovery dispute a regarding redacted records. The Court ordered Lexington to produce the un-redacted clam notes and to allow Hidden Cove to depose Lexington’s 30(b)(6) deponent, limited to the information included in the previously redacted claim notes.
After severe storms caused damage to properties insured under a policy issued by Lexington, Hidden Cove sued Lexington alleging failure to properly conduct an investigation into the cause of the loss, failure to issue timely payments, and wrongfully delaying or denying the claim, all pursuant to Chapter 542 of the Texas Insurance Code, and breach of contract and breach of common law duty of good faith and fair dealing. The central issue is the parties’ interpretation of the “Flood” exclusion contained in the policy and its effect on the claim.