Monthly Archives: November 2009

Texas Monthly Selects Allen Smith as a 2009 Texas SuperLawyer

For the third straight year, Allen Smith was selected by the publishers of Texas Monthly magazine as one of its SuperLawyers. According to the publisher, “Our objective with SuperLawyers is to create a credible, comprehensive, and diverse listing of outstanding … Continue reading

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New Order Changes Treatment of Minerals in Texas Title Policies

Purchasers of real property secure title insurance to protect themselves against adverse claims to their land. Because mineral rights can be leased or deeded separate from the surface estate of the property, such rights can create an interest adverse to the property owner. Texas title companies and owners have been struggling with how to address mineral interests in title insurance since the recent resurgence of mineral development in Texas. Finally, the Texas government has settled the dispute.

On August 12, 2009 the Texas Department of Insurance adopted Order No. 09-0650 which introduced certain changes to the Basic Manual of Laws, Rates and Forms for the Writing of Title Insurance in the State of Texas… Continue reading

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Update on Recent Insurance Law Decisions

Over the past several months, there have been several decisions and developments which are potentially significant to the practice of insurance law. These involve legal malpractice, employer liability, and claims against health care providers for premises liability. Always, each case … Continue reading

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