HIDALGO COUNTY –The Mostyn Law Firm, founded by mega attorney Steve Mostyn, ditched their hailstorm client only a month before the hearing of a State Farm Lloyds motion for summary judgment, recent court filings show.
Two years after their property was allegedly damaged by hailstorms, plaintiffs Reyes Rangel and Marina Cisneros filed suit against State Farm and two adjusters on April 25, 2014 in Hidalgo County District Court, seeking up to $1 million in damages.
The plaintiffs claimed their Pharr home was damaged by the spring 2012 hailstorms that swept through the area.
They allege State Farm and the adjusters denied their claim without giving a reasonable explanation, wrongly concluding that their home was not damaged as a result of the storms.
On Aug. 2, State Farm filed a motion for summary judgment, stating that an agreed appraisal determined the amount of loss at $1,008.07, which is below the policy deductible.
“By participating in the appraisal process, the parties agreed the appraisal award would ‘set the amount of loss. Appraisal has concluded and a binding appraisal award was issued setting the amount of loss,” the motion states.
“State Farm is not required to pay any amount based on the award, and there are no remaining issues regarding damages or liability … Defendants are entitled to judgment as a matter of law on all of Plaintiffs' claims alleged in this suit.”
With the motion set for submission on Jan. 31, Mostyn Law filed a motion to withdraw as counsel for the plaintiffs on Dec. 2, court records show.
The motion, submitted by Mostyn Law attorney Rene Sigman, states the contract signed between the plaintiffs and the firm allows Mostyn Law to withdraw at any time, so long as it sends notice.
The motion further states there is an “unresolvable conflict regarding trial strategy” between the firm and the plaintiffs, but does not specify what that conflict entails.
The presiding judge granted the motion on Dec. 6, court records show.
Cause No. C-4697-14-G