Insurance cases involving umpire’s are a little different. The Amarillo Court of Appeals issued an opinion on May 14, 2018, styled, Mahmoud Abdalla v. Farmers Insurance Exchange. The case deals with, among other issues, when an umpire’s appraisal award can be challenged.
This case is an appeal by Abdalla from a summary judgment in favor of Farmers. Abdalla sued Farmers over an insurance dispute resulting from water damage. The extent of the damage and insurance proceeds payable was ultimately submitted to appraisers in accordance with policy terms. An umpire appointed by the trial court eventually (1) found the appraisal developed by Farmer’s appraiser (Albright) to be the “more sound and well supported appraisal” ad (2) designated the actual cash value of the loss at $345,664.21. Farmer’s timely paid the umpire’s decision.
Abdalla filed motions to set aside the decision based on the umpire’s decision being a mistake and to appoint a new umpire.