What are examples of misrepresentations made by insurance companies that they can be held liable for making?
Different types of misrepresentation are prohibited by the Texas Insurance Code. Misrepresentations are also unlawful under the incorporated DTPA, Section 17.46(a). These misrepresentations also include non-disclosure.
Section 541.051 broadly prohibits making any statement misrepresenting the terms of a policy, or the benefits, advantages, or dividends of a policy, making misrepresentations about the financial condition of an insurer, misrepresenting the true nature of any policy or class of policies, or making any misrepresentation to a policy holder for the purpose of inducing or intending to induce the policy holder to allow an existing policy holder to lapse, forfeit, or surrender his insurance. This provision is sometimes referred to as the “anti-twisting” provision, because the latter portion is aimed at preventing one insurer stealing away the insureds of another insurer by making misrepresentations.