Jury sides with Bastrop homeowners over Allstate

BASTROP COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — A jury has found Allstate Insurance Company guilty in the case of five Bastrop homeowners who made claims for smoke damage from the 2011 Bastrop wildfires.

Yesterday evening, the jury in the 21st District Court found Allstate guilty of breach of contract, bad faith, unconscionable conduct and violations of the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act.

The attorney for the homeowners, Robert Collins, said in a statement, “Allstate has already promised endless appeals to punish these homeowners and delay remediation of their homes even further. We are ready to continue the fight and to win!”

Collins added that, “the entire country is experiencing wildfires, and they are simply refusing to honor the coverage using a ‘scorched earth’ defense strategy where they literally spend millions to defend against a $50,000 or less remediation costs claim.”

The jury decided on damages for the 5 plaintiffs ranging from $8,000 to $68,000, as well as $10,000-$11,000 for mental anguish. Members of the jury also rewarded attorney’s fees ranging from $20,000 to $22,500 depending on the homeowner. For the complete breakdown of the jury’s decision click on this document.

We reached out to an Allstate defense attorney who would not comment.  We also reached out to Allstate’s media department for comment, but have yet to hear back.

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