DALLAS – Mostyn Law hail suits brought in Dallas County are seemingly starting to thaw, as one case has already been dismissed for want of prosecution, and a second looks like it will soon go the same way.
Over the past decade, Mostyn Law, headquartered in Houston and founded by Steve Mostyn, has filed thousands upon thousands of suits on behalf of individuals claiming their insurer improperly adjusted their claim following a severe weather event.
In the first case, Jaime and Maria Segura, seeking up to $100,000 in damages, filed suit against Standard Guaranty Insurance and adjuster Jason Busby on Aug. 15, 2016 in Dallas County District Court.
A year later, the case was called up for trial on Sept. 11, court records show.
A week later, an order of dismissal for want of prosecution was entered, stating the Seguras “failed to make announcement concerning readiness for trial.”
All court costs “shall be taxed against plaintiff,” the order states.
According to their petition, on May 28, 2015, a hailstorm damaged the couple’s Dallas home.
The assigned adjuster was Busby, who allegedly performed an inadequate inspection and failed to include all of the Seguras’ damages, resulting in an improper adjustment and unfair settlement.
The second Dallas County hail case is on the verge of being dismissed for lack of prosecution.
Also seeking around $100,000 in damages, Jonathan Pettis filed suit against National Unity Insurance on Feb. 17, alleging a hailstorm damaged his Dallas County home on Dec. 26, 2015.
Court records show National Unity first moved to dismiss the case in April, arguing Pettis did not meet the requirements under his policy before filing suit.
On Sept. 20, National Unity filed a motion to dismiss for want of prosecution, stating Pettis, who was allegedly ill, failed to show for a deposition in July.
Mostyn Law counselors have apparently had trouble communicate with him since.
On Sept. 7, Pettis failed to once again show for his deposition.
A hearing on National Unity’s motion to dismiss for want of prosecution has been set for Oct. 18, court records show.
National Unity is represented by Michael Johnston, Elizabeth Smid and Nathan Schattman, attorneys for the Dallas law firm Brown, Dean, Proctor & Howell.
Both the Seguras and Pettis are represented by Mostyn Law attorney Gregory Cox, cause Nos. DC-17-02006.