American Property Casualty Insurance Association
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  • May 16, 2017
  • Senate Tentatively Passes Texas Hail Bill
  • AUSTIN, Texas- Joe Woods, vice president, state government relations for the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI), today issued the following statement commending the Texas Senate for tentatively passing HB 1774, which would help curtail hail lawsuit abuse and protect consumers.

    “Weather-related lawsuit abuse by a few is a problem for every consumer in the state. This legislation is designed to protect consumers from bad actors who try to profit off the misfortune of storm victims. The unnecessary lawsuits being filed are putting homeowners through months of needless litigation.”

    “This bill maintains all of the consumer protections currently on the books, makes the existing 60-day notice of suit enforceable, stops personal lawsuits from being filed against insurance company employees and agents, and continues to make insurance companies pay a tough penalty for failing to make prompt payments.

    “Texas has been in dire need of hail lawsuit abuse reform, and we applaud the Senate and House for taking steps to protect storm victims and consumers.”

    Woods is available for media interviews

  • PCI promotes and protects the viability of a competitive private insurance market for the benefit of consumers and insurers. PCI is composed of nearly 1,000 member companies, representing the broadest cross section of insurers of any national trade association. PCI members write $202 billion in annual premium, 35 percent of the nation's property casualty insurance. Member companies write 42 percent of the U.S. automobile insurance market, 27 percent of the homeowners market, 33 percent of the commercial property and liability market and 34 percent of the private workers compensation market.
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