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Mostyn Law dumps hail client before trial, insurer seeks to dismiss case

By David Yates | Oct 25, 2017

DALLAS – Mostyn Law recently withdrew its representation of a hail client – a move that comes only a month before the case was set to go to trial.

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.

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 maintain they have had trouble communicating with their client.

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 was set for Oct. 18; however, the trial court instead granted Mostyns Law’s motion to withdraw, which was filed eight days earlier, court records show.

Court records also show National Unity’s no-evidence motion for summary judgment, filed Sept. 29, was slated to be heard Nov. 3 but the hearing has been moved to Nov. 27.

The case is set for trial on Nov. 28.  

National Unity is represented by Michael Johnston, Elizabeth Smid and Nathan Schattman, attorneys for the Dallas law firm Brown, Dean, Proctor & Howell.

Pettis was represented by Mostyn Law attorney Gregory Cox.

Cause No. DC-17-02006

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