Insurance lawyers got good news about a month earlier, on April 8, 2019. The case they got good news out of was from the Western District of Texas, Austin Division. The style of the opinion was River Of Life Assembly Of God v. Church Mutual Insurance Company and Jim Turner Harris.
The style of this case is still the same but the Court amended its order and the language added to the opinion does a good job of articulating the reasoning in the opinion. This new language and amended order is helpful for insurance lawyers helping insureds in similar situations.
This was a lawsuit about insurance coverage for storm damage. River of Life had sued Church and the adjuster, Harris, for the way the claim was handled. The suit was filed in State Court because Church is diverse and Harris is not. Pursuant to Texas Insurance Code, Section 542A.006(c), Church elected to accept responsibility for Harris and removed the case to Federal Court. The statute requires River of Life to dismiss its claims against Harris after this election to accept responsibility for Harris. So the issue here was whether it was proper to remand the case back to the State Court or to keep it in this Federal Court.