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What to do if involved in a car accident during COVID-19
Monday, September 28, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected everyone globally in most aspects of life. While dealing with the constant uncertainty that this pandemic brings, we also are continuously battling the realities of everyday life, and unfortunately, car accidents are a part of that. Being involved in a car accident during these times can be incredibly frustrating with additional red tape. Our firm is here to help you navigate these circumstances and provide you with optimal legal support. Fortunately, our...

Q&A with Bryan O. Blevins, Jr
Thursday, September 3, 2020

Provost Umphrey is proud of our hard-working lawyers that continuously fight for our clients year after year. Equity Partner Bryan Blevins has been with the firm for 30 years and has settled and won many cases, helping countless clients get the justice they deserve. We sat down with Bryan and asked him a few things he’s taken away during his tenure here at Provost Umphrey Law Firm. Q: What made you want to pursue a career in the legal field? A: Growing up, I had the opportunity through my dad...

Know Your Legal Rights: Insured Property Owners in Texas
Wednesday, September 2, 2020

In the aftermath of Hurricane Laura, we saw most of our area was spared, but unfortunately there is still significant damage to property throughout east Texas. With property damage, comes insurance claims. The claims process can seem very daunting, especially when there is significant destruction to your home and property. Read on to learn your legal rights as an insured property owner with references to your Consumer Bill of Rights that you can use going through the claims process. ...

Two Provost Umphrey Attorneys Earn ‘Lawyer of the Year’ Honors
Thursday, August 20, 2020

BEAUMONT – Two Provost Umphrey attorneys have been named Lawyer of the Year for their respective practice groups as part of the Best Lawyers in America 2021 honors. Equity Partner James E. Payne earned this distinction for his work in product liability litigation on behalf of plaintiffs, with additional honors for plaintiffs’ personal injury litigation. Attorney Keith Hyde earned Lawyer of the Year for his work in mass torts and class actions on behalf of plaintiffs with additional recognition...

July 30th is National Whistleblower Appreciation Day
Thursday, July 30, 2020

Today we recognize those known as “whistleblowers” who are brave enough to report fraudulent government contract claims. The False Claims Act, also known as the “Lincoln Law”, is a whistleblower statute that allows private citizens to bring qui tam lawsuits against entities that defraud the government. This Act empowers whistleblowers, also known as relators, to recover damages and penalties on the government’s behalf. This law also provides whistleblowers a reward of 15-30% of the government’s...

$28M COVID-19 Business Interruption Suit Filed Against Insurance Company
Monday, July 20, 2020

PHILADEPHIA – Altar’d State, a national boutique, was forced to close its doors this spring due to COVID-19 resulting in a significant loss of income for the retailer. The boutique subsequently filed a business interruption claim with Hartford Fire Insurance Company, only to be denied after paying substantial premiums to protect its business. Attorneys on behalf of Altar’d State are suing the insurance company for wrongful denial of coverage. “Altar’d State purchased a comprehensive program of...

Business Interruption Claims Update
Friday, May 8, 2020

Business Interruption Claims Update By Bryan O. Blevins, Jr. The insurance industry responded to the emergency of the COVID-19 pandemic with preemptive press statements that property insurance policies would provide no coverage—even before policyholders submitted any claims. Given this knee-jerk reaction, it is unsurprising that the first claims are being denied quickly, and without so much as a pretense of an investigation. Physical Loss or Damage Insurers are taking an “if you can’t see it,...

Business Interruption in a Pandemic World
Thursday, April 23, 2020

Business Interruption in a Pandemic World By Bryan O. Blevins, Jr.Equity Partner The Coronavirus (COVID-19) is having a dramatic economic effect throughout the United States, and on industries as diverse as electronics, auto manufacturing, construction, passenger cruises, shipping, travel, transportation, hospitality and healthcare. Supply chains and manufacturing have been disrupted by facility closures worldwide and ultimately there will not be an industry sector or business that will not be...

FAQs: The FMLA Amendments and Paid Sick Leave Requirements under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act
Wednesday, April 1, 2020

President Donald Trump signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) on March 18, 2020 in response to Covid-19 infecting Americans. Our attorneys weigh in on the most commonly asked questions regarding the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act and the emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act under FFCRA. For Employers Q: When is the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) and the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act and the emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act take...