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Hail is among the most destructive weather-related events. (Photo: File)

Houston litigator Greg Cox convinced a South Texas jury that an insurance company’s treatment of his client was so bad that it amounted to malice, turning what was originally a $76,500 hailstorm claim into a $1.8 million verdict recently.

Cox, an attorney in Houston’s Mostyn Law, represents John R. Griffith, a McAllen homeowner who sued USAA Texas Lloyd’s Co. in 2014 for fraud, breach of contract and violations of the Texas Insurance Code. Griffith alleged the insurance company failed to fully reimburse him for the severe damage his house sustained after it was pummeled by baseball-sized hail in a 2012 storm.

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