State Farm Must Defend Fatal ATV Suit, 5th Circ. Says

Law360 (July 21, 2020, 8:40 PM EDT) -- A Texas federal judge wrongly relied on extrinsic documents to relieve State Farm Lloyds of its duty to defend a couple facing a suit over an ATV accident that killed their grandson, the Fifth Circuit has ruled. 

In a ruling issued Monday, the Fifth Circuit said under Texas law, State Farm has a duty to defend Janet and Melvin Richards in the lawsuit brought by daughter-in-law Amanda Meals over the 2017 death of 10-year-old Jayden Meals.

The ruling comes after the Texas Supreme Court in March answered a certified question from the circuit court asking if the state recognizes a limited...

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