Properly notifying an insurance company about a claim is not always as simple as it might seem. This is illustrated in a 2020, opinion from the Northern District of Texas, Dallas Division. The opinion is styled, Vela Wood PC, et al v. Associated Industries Insurance Company, Inc.
This case is before the Court on competing motions for summary judgment. Because the Plaintiff’s notice of this claim was ruled to be untimely, the Court founds against Plaintiffs and in favor of Associated.
The pertinent part of the two policies at issue, a 2017 and 2018 policy, in this case states that as “a condition to coverage, the Insured shall provide the company written notice of any Claim made against any Insured as soon as practicable, but in no event later than: (i) the expiration date of this Policy; (ii) the expiration of the Automatic Extended Reporting Period; or (iii) the expiration of the Optional Extended Reporting Period, if purchased. Under the terms of the policies, a “Claim” is defined as “a written demand received by the Insured for monetary Damages which alleges a Wrongful Act,” including “the service of suit or any civil proceeding in a court of law or equity, including any appeal therefrom, which is commenced by the filing of a complaint, motion for judgment, or similar proceeding.”