Texas Watch

Accountability

Gaming the System: The Appraisal Process

Texas policyholders struggling to have their valid claims paid in full and on time are forced to resort to the courts. But, often insurers are escaping accountability and gaming the system by using the last trick up their sleeve: the appraisal process. 

Press Release: Statement Regarding Central and South Texas Storms

After last night's storms ripped through Central and South Texas, property owners are assessing the damage to their homes and businesses.  Executive Director Ware Wendell released the following statement regarding the Blue Tarp Bills (SB 10 and HB 1774), which would make it even more difficult for Texas policyholders to have their claims paid in full and on time after disasters like last night's storm. 

Help your communities rebuild. Say "no" to SB 10 and HB 1774.

SB 10 and HB 1774, more aptly referred to as the Blue Tarp Bills, burden all property owners in getting all property claims paid on time and in full. Families, businesses, schools, and churches with water damage, fire damage, windstorm damage, and more will have even more difficulty in starting the rebuilding process. If insurance lobbyists have their way, the state will be blanketed in blue tarps. 

 

Press Release: The Blue Tarp Bills (SB 10 and HB 1774)

Ware Wendell, Executive Director of Texas Watch, released the following statement in response to the filing of SB 10 & HB 1774 (i.e., the "Blue Tarp Bills"): 

Juries Protect

When profits are placed over people and safety is sacrificed, citizen jurors guard our communities by enforcing the law without fear or favor. Those who block the courthouse doors and dismantle the jury box attack the very bedrock of justice. Help us #StandForThe7th. 

Texas Values

At Texas Watch, we believe that if someone threatens our rights, Texans will fight to the end to protect them. We believe “liberty and justice for all” are more than words – they’re our way of life. This is our fight. This is what we stand for: 

The 85th Legislative Session

The 85th Legislative Session is here and we’re ready for the fight. We’re ready to make a stand to preserve policyholder protections, make our roads safer, and protect consumers.

Thanks to your support last session, we were able to beat back insurance lobbyists’ efforts to rob Texas policyholders of their vital legal protections. Now, insurance lobbyists are coming back for your rights.

Stop "Swoop and Settle"

You have just been involved in a car wreck. Your car is destroyed. You are hurting and disoriented. After you exchange insurance information with the other driver, take photos of the damage, gather witness information, and get to the doctor, what comes next? Often the other driver's insurance company calls wanting a recorded statement from you.

Statement on B.C. v. Steak N Shake Operations, Inc.

Tori Sommerman, deputy director of Texas Watch, released the following statement:

Episode 15- Insurance Lobbyists "Set The Table"

On October 5th, the Texas Senate Business and Commerce Committee will meet to discuss a Texas Department of Insurance report on weather-related claims. But, some consumer advocates are concerned that the one-sided report could be used against Texas families and businesses. We talked to Texas Watch’s Executive Director Ware Wendell about his concerns on the biases within the report.

You can tell the Senate committee to preserve policyholder protections here.