Hurricane and TWIA Litigation Timeline

July 23, 2008
Hurricane Dolly makes landfall in Texas, causing widespread flooding and windstorm damage across parts of Mexico and the Texas Rio Grande Valley. In the Valley, Brownsville Independent School District suffers damage across dozens of its campuses.

September 13, 2008
Hurricane Ike makes landfall in Texas, devastating Galveston and other parts of the Texas coast. Just three years earlier, on September 23rd, Hurricane Rita hit Texas, damaging homes and businesses in Houston, Galveston, Beaumont, and parts along the Texas coast.

August 27, 2009
CBS TV Houston News Report – Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) accuses TWIA of “unfair or deceptive” practices in its handling of thousands claims arising from Hurricane Ike.

December 2, 2009
The Houston Chronicle breaks an investigative news story continuing to reveal critical information found in a lawsuit against TWIA. The story reveals that emails, written by TWIA employees, threaten to cut off work from engineers who disagree with the agency.

July 13, 2010
Negotiations with Texas Windstorm Insurance Association results in a $189 million dollar settlement by TWIA to resolve approximately 2,400 Galveston County lawsuits filed on behalf of each property owner, whose home was completely destroyed by Hurricane Ike.

December 2010
After months of inquiry about employee emails, two high-ranking TWIA employees resign from the association. Those employees would be key claims executives, Reggie Warren and Bill Knarr, who were highly criticized for the denying and manipulation of claims.

March 7, 2011
Travis County District Attorney’s office opens investigations on possible fraud committed by Texas Windstorm Insurance Association.

March 22, 2011
After months of being under fire for the way TWIA handled claims, General Manager Jim Oliver is dismissed.

May 27, 2011
After weeks of testimony at legislative hearings from coastal residents and discussions between Senate and House leaders, negotiations fail on a TWIA bill. No TWIA bill was passed during the regular legislative session.

June 28, 2011
During a special 30 day legislative session, Rep. John Smithee (R-Amarillo) again files his TWIA “reform” bill. This time it is approved by both the Senate and House after intense negotiations and is sent to the Governor’s desk for his signature.

July 15, 2011
The Texas Department of Insurance issues an order finding TWIA liable for violating Texas Insurance laws.

September 7, 2012
The Travis County District Attorney’s office acknowledges an ongoing criminal investigation into State Farm’s “handling of tens of thousands of insurance claims after Hurricane Ike.”

May 28, 2013
TWIA settles all but a handful of remaining Hurricane Ike cases, paying nearly $135 million to settle 1,200 claims.

December 10, 2013
Mostyn Law Firm submits complaint to TDI, alleging a culture of racism and racist claims handling decisions at TWIA.

December 12, 2013
TWIA defense counsel concedes in a Brownsville district court that racism may have played a role in handling Brownsville ISD’s Hurricane Dolly TWIA claim. Regarding the BISD claim, TWIA defense counsel says, “maybe yes, maybe no, racism played a role,” “we did not do this the way it should have been done,” “we will pay those estimates…and a penalty…”

February 21, 2014
Two months after TWIA committed to pay Brownsville ISD’s claim, but failed to do so, the Mostyn Law Firm requests a US Department of Justice Civil Rights Division investigation into race-based claims handling decisions and a culture of racism at TWIA.