SWB Wins Insurance Coverage for Clients in Federal Court


Congratulations to our firm’s clients, Phil and Susan Swartztrauber, for winning a court order obtaining insurance coverage against Travelers Casualty and Surety Company of America.

The case was handled by Alex Beard.  The Swartztraubers were board members of their Home Owners Association (HOA), and were sued for alleged defamation in an underlying suit filed by the HOA’s President.  Travelers insured the HOA, but refused to provide the Swartztraubers with a defense to the defamation suit.

U.S. District Judge David Hittner disagreed, and ruled that Travelers breached its policy contract, and violated the Texas Prompt Payment Statute, by failing to provide the Swartztraubers with a defense.  So, Travelers will have to pay for the defense, legal fees and costs of the coverage case, as well as the underlying lawsuit.

Great work, Alex!


Saunders, Walsh & Beard sponsors the 1st Annual Hugs Café Celebration and Benefit in McKinney

Alex Beard, Hugs Cafe's legal advisor and his wife,  Susan Beard with Food Network's Chef Trevor Ball
Alex Beard, Hugs Cafe’s legal advisor and his wife, Susan Beard with Food Network Chef Trevor Ball

Saunders, Walsh & Beard was happy to be a sponsor for the First Annual Hugs Café Celebration and Benefit in McKinney this past Saturday.

Hugs Cafe, Inc. is a Texas nonprofit organization whose primary goal is to empower Special Needs Adults to change their lives for the better by creating jobs and providing extensive training every day.

To learn more about Hugs Café, stop by for a delicious lunch at their Downtown McKinney location or check out their website:  https://hugscafe.org/

Does a Policyholder Have a Right to Select Independent Counsel To Represent It When the Insurance Company Reserves Its Rights?

Dear Insured

Most liability insurance policies – whether they be commercial general liability, business owners, errors and omissions, homeowners or auto – require the insurance company to defend the policyholder against lawsuits where the plaintiff is seeking damages potentially covered by the insurance policy.