The Ninth Court of Appeals in Texas upheld a nearly $400,000 judgment awarded to a Port Arthur couple represented by Steve Mostyn’s Texas firm, Mostyn Law, for damages sustained during Hurricane Ike.
The judgment, which was originally awarded to Rene Lampson and Justina Henriquez Lampson in 2014, was levied against National Security Fire & Casualty for improperly handling the couple’s property damage claim.
Jurors for that trial concluded that National Security knowingly failed to investigate the claim and pay for the damages owed to Lampson and Henriquez Lampson. The couple was awarded $388,000 in damages.
In its appeal of the verdict, National Security disputed the Lampson’s standing to sue and the “factual sufficiency” of the amount of damages verdict, among other challenges. The Court of Appeals unanimously upheld the original verdict.
A Mostyn Law team that was lead by Gregory Cox represented the couple.
“After being victimized by Hurricane Ike, Rene and Justina were victimized again by their own insurance company. We see this repeated victimization, not just in Texas, but practically after every weather related catastrophe in the country,” said Cox in a statement. “It is good to know that justice has finally prevailed in this case. I hope other victims will realize they can stand up against the insurance companies. There are people willing to stand with them and fight for their rights.”
Mostyn Law has represented a significant number of homeowners who were affected by natural disasters like Hurricane Rita and Hurricane Sandy and were not properly covered by their insurance companies for damages sustained by these storms.