Man sues windstorm insurer over denied business interruption coverage

Kelly Holleran Jan. 13, 2009, 5:46am

A Jefferson County man and his business have filed suit against Texas Windstorm Insurance Association, alleging the company did not honor a claim to which he was entitled after Hurricane Ike damaged his business.

Aaron Campbell and AD Campbell Enterprises allege their business location at 1717 Stillwell Blvd. in Port Arthur was damaged after the storm hit in September, but Texas Windstorm Insurance Association refused to pay any sums pursuant to a business interruption portion of the policy Campbell owned.

Campbell and AD Campbell Enterprises owned a policy through Texas Windstorm Insurance Association that included insurance coverage for business interruption, according to the complaint filed Jan. 5 in Jefferson County District Court.

After Hurricane Ike, Campbell's business was closed for a period of time, the suit states.

So, Campbell alleges he made a claim with Texas Windstorm Insurance Association, but the company refused to pay any money for the business interruption portion of the claim.

Texas Windstorm Insurance Association breached its contract of insurance for payment of money owed pursuant to the business interruption portion of the policy, according to the complaint.

Campbell is seeking a judgment for unspecified actual damages, additional damages, treble damages, plus attorney's fees, statutory penalty, pre- and post-judgment interest at the maximum extent allowed by law and other relief to which he is entitled.

Tommy L. Yeates of Moore Landrey in Beaumont will be representing him.

The case has been assigned to Judge Donald Floyd of the 172nd District Court.

Case No. D182-970

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