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Source: Zelle Hofmann Voelbel & Mason LLP
Texas hail claim policyholder lawyers, like many plaintiffs’ lawyers, clearly prefer to be in state court rather than federal court. To accomplish this and prevent the defendant insurer from properly removing the lawsuit to federal court, Texas policyholder attorneys simply sue the adjuster (who, like the policyholder, is almost always a Texas resident). This common act of gamesmanship ostensibly destroys the complete diversity of citizenship required for federal court diversity jurisdiction, allowing the policyholder to litigate its hail damage claim in state court.
Earthquake Commission (EQC) will pay 24 of its staff $65,000
The Earthquake Commission (EQC) will pay 24 of its staff $65,000 a year to fill new positions requiring just over one week's work per month.
The public insurer is looking for candidates from within its workforce for "base contractor" positions, as loss adjusters and estimators, around the country.
The jobs pay $65,000 plus GST a year for 54 hours work a month, which is about $100 an hour, with each contractor being paid even if there is no work.
That is about double the going hourly rate for a loss adjuster working full time on residential buildings, a leading recruitment firm says.