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  • State Policyholder Advocate Opposes Arbitration Proposal

    Wednesday, May 25, 2016

    The Office of Public Insurance Counsel has weighed in opposing a proposed pre-dispute binding arbitration provision currently under consideration by the state insurance commissioner. OPIC is the state office tasked with representing policyholders in rate and form filing decisions.

    In her letter to Commissioner David Mattax, Public Counsel Deeia Beck writes of arbitration generally:

  • Don't Sell Our Rights, Commissioner

    Monday, May 23, 2016

    The Texas insurance commissioner is considering an industry proposal that would allow an insurance company to buy your legal rights for a few dollars a month.

    This is unprecedented. Never has the insurance department approved a request to allow an insurance company to include what is called a pre-dispute binding arbitration clause in its policies. In fact, it has been part of the agency's published guidelines to reject any insurance policy that includes such language.

  • Statement on ATF Findings in West Fertilizer Fire

    Wednesday, May 11, 2016

    Alex Winslow, executive director of Texas Watch, released the following statement:

    The ATF held a press conference today speculating that the fire at the West fertilizer plant was a criminal act. They offered no scientific evidence for their conclusion, only that they claim to have ruled out other possible causes. Today’s media event did little to clear up the confusion about the events leading up to the fire at the West plant three years ago.