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GHW Settles Major Ike Damage Claims with TWIA

Publisher: GHW
Published On: 2/1/2010


The law firm of Gauthier, Houghtaling and Williams successfully mediated the wind claims of eight Baptist churches in Galveston which were heavily damaged by Hurricane Ike. The settlements with the Texas Windstorm Association paves the way for the churches to complete repairs to the structures.

"After hundreds of documents revealed how TWIA was handling claims, the association approached our firm to begin settlement discussions," said John Houghtaling, principal of Gauthier, Houghtaling and Williams. "Our goal was to make sure these churches received compensation not only for their damages but also their legal costs. We are proud that the amounts will be sufficient to renovate the churches."

The firm also announced settlement of claims relating to twelve high-rises in Houston owned by Younan properties, also damaged by Ike. Younan CEO Zaya S. Younan stated, "Younan Properties has been represented by some of the finest law firms in the country. John Houghtaling and his team are smart, experienced, thorough, aggressive and conscientious. They worked extremely hard to deliver results that exceeded our expectations."

Because the settlements are covered under a confidentiality agreement, Houghtaling is unable to state the specific amount of the settlements. The properties sustained heavy damage in the storm which devastated Galveston on September 13, 2008.