Claims for violations of the Texas Insurance Code must be stated properly against an insurance company adjuster. One way of doing this is talked about in this Western District of Texas, San Antonio Division, opinion styled, Jeanette Kotzur, David Kotzur v. Metropolitan Lloyds Insurance Company of Texas, Bryant Tullous, Michael Esmay.
This case involves a claim for damages arising out of a wind and hailstorm that is alleged to have caused damages to property owned by the Kotzur’s. Metropolitan is the insurance company and the adjusters were Tullous and Esmay.
The Kotzur’s sued Metropolitan and the adjusters in State Court. Metropolitan removed the case to Federal Court asserting the amount in controversy exceeds $75,000, that the Kotzur’s are citizens of Texas and Metropolitan is a citizen of states other than Texas. Metropolitan also asserts that the adjusters should be disregarded for citizenship purposes because the adjusters were improperly joined in the lawsuit in an effort to defeat diversity of citizenship. Metropolitan asserts that the Kotzur’s have not properly asserted claims against the adjusters. The Kotzur’s assert that they have properly asserted claims against the adjusters.