Texas attorney accused of storm barratry wants case in Hidalgo County

By David Yates | Feb 17, 2016

Edinburg attorney R. Kent Livesay wants a lawsuit brought by Allstate Texas Lloyds, which accuses him of fraudulently representing several storm victims and demanding payment on their behalf, moved to Hidalgo County.

The lawsuit, filed Dec. 29 in Tarrant County, contends Livesay made false misrepresentations concerning his “supposed legal representation” of Allstate’s insureds, knowing they were false.

Allstate’s petition centers on three policyholders who made respective claims following “weather events.”

In his motion to transfer venue, Livesay says none of the alleged misrepresentations were made to Allstate in Tarrant County.

He further contends he maintains his residence in Hidalgo County.

Livesay also asserts a general denial, denying every allegation made in the insurance company’s petition.

The Edinburg attorney demanded more than $100,000 from Allstate on behalf of the policyholders, plus treble damages, court records show.

Allstate is suing for the fees paid to defense firms and a permanent injunction enjoining Livesay from falsely representing homeowners insured by Allstate, plus an award of exemplary damages.

Allstate is represented by David Kassabian and Bret Weatherford, attorneys for the Kassabian, Doyle & Weatherford law firm in Arlington.

Livesay is represented by Dallas attorney Mark Werbner and Robert Sayles.

Tarrant County case No. 2015-007379-2

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