John Pitblado

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Like Hats and Belt Buckles, Indemnity Agreements in Texas Must be CONSPICUOUS

Earlier this month, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit held that Texas law allows an indemnity agreement to insulate a party from the consequences of its own, allegedly negligent conduct, but only if that feature...more

12/19/2014 - Appeals Construction Contracts Construction Industry Indemnity Agreements Insurance Litigation Kellogg Brown & Root Negligence

Appeals Court Vacates Order Granting Motion To Stop Arbitration

In Milan Express Co., Inc. v. Applied Underwriters Captive Risk Assur. Co., Inc., No. 14-5193 (6th Cir. Oct. 24, 2014), the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals vacated the district court’s order granting plaintiff’s motion to stop...more

11/21/2014 - Appeals Arbitration Insurers

Court Denies Petition For Order Confirming Final Arbitration Award And Entry Of Judgment

In First State Ins. Co. v. Nationwide Mutual Ins. Co., No. 13-cv-11322-IT (U.S.D.C. D. Mass. Oct. 21, 2014), a petition for an order to confirm a final arbitration award and entry of judgment was denied. The court determined...more

11/20/2014 - Arbitration Arbitration Awards Insurers

Seventh Circuit Declines To Require Pre-Pleading Security From Uruguay’s State-Owned Reinsurer And Refuses To Compel Arbitration

The Plaintiff, Pine Top Receivables of Illinois, LLC brought an action in Illinois federal court against Banco de Seguros del Estado, an entity wholly owned by Uruguay. Pine Top claimed that Banco de Seguros owed Pine Top...more

11/19/2014 - Arbitration Breach of Contract Reinsurance Uruguay

McCarran-Ferguson vs. the FAA: Judge Posner Declares TKO in Favor of Arbitration

In a bout before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, two heavyweight federal statutes squared off, with coverage for hundreds of long-tail, asbestos-related personal injury lawsuits on the line. In one corner:...more

11/7/2014 - Arbitration Arbitration Agreements Federal Arbitration Act McCarran-Ferguson Act

New Jersey Appellate Court Keeps “Running Spigot” Open on Allocation of Defense Costs Under Non-Eroding-Limit Fronting Policies...

New Jersey’s Appellate Division recently affirmed each of several challenged rulings rendered in a long-running coverage dispute between plaintiff IMO Industries and its many historical insurers arising from asbestos...more

10/24/2014 - Asbestos Asbestos Litigation Insurers

Life Insurer Prevails in First Circuit Appeal in ERISA Class Action Challenging Retained Asset Accounts

In a unanimous panel decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit reversed a trial court’s ruling that the defendant, Unum Life Insurance Company of America (Unum), had breached fiduciary duties under the...more

10/22/2014 - Class Action ERISA Life Insurance Retained Asset Accounts

If it Races like a Tortoise: Connecticut Deconstructs a Policyholder

In Sonson v. United Services Auto. Ass’n No. 35890 (Conn. Ct. App. Sept. 16, 2014), an automobile policyholder had to show that a “racing” exclusion did not apply, so he argued that Achilles could never overtake the tortoise...more

10/2/2014 - Auto Insurance Car Racing Policy Exclusions

Washington Supreme Court Narrows Efficacy of Late Notice Defense

Even when the claims in a lawsuit arguably fall within the coverage terms of the defendant’s liability insurance policy, the circumstances might suggest facts that would establish a defense to coverage. In that case, the...more

9/29/2014 - Duty to Defend Expedia Late Notices Liability Insurance Sales & Use Tax

With Sewers Backing Up, Messy Damage Claims are On the Rise

Many homeowners and other property insurance policies contain an exclusion to address one of the by-products of the increased frequency of severe weather: it bars coverage for property damage caused by “water which backs up...more

9/26/2014

Tenth Circuit Reverses Trial Court Denial Of Motion To Compel Arbitration Of Wage Dispute

The Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a trial court order denying an employer’s motion to compel arbitration of a wage dispute under the arbitration clause contained in the plaintiffs’ Confidentiality/Non-Compete...more

9/24/2014 - Arbitration Confidentiality Agreements Employee Rights Employer Liability Issues FLSA Motion to Compel Non-Compete Agreements Wage and Hour Wages

Hawaii Enacts NAIC-Recommended Revisions To Credit For Reinsurance Law

Hawaii’s House/Senate conference committee cleared the way for passage by the full houses of NAIC’s Model Act on Credit for Reinsurance, to address NAIC’s recommended updates pursuant to its Solvency Modernization Initiative....more

9/24/2014 - Insurance Reform NAIC Reinsurance

Missouri Court Denies Reconsideration Of Order Quashing Subpoena Of Un-Issued Arbitration Award

Lincoln Memorial Insurance Company and Hannover Life Reinsurance Company of America became engaged in a long-running reinsurance dispute, arising from an allegedly fraudulent scheme by Lincoln and others in the sale of...more

9/5/2014 - Arbitration Arbitration Awards Motions to Quash Subpoenas

NAIC Executive Committee Adopts Framework For Changes To Captive Reserve Requirements

NAIC’s Executive Committee met at NAIC’s annual meeting in Louisville, Kentucky on August 16 and 17, 2014. The Executive Committee furthered its action on reserve requirements for captive reinsurers and adopted the “XXX/AXXX...more

9/2/2014 - NAIC Reinsurance Reserve

The Meth Business is Dangerous; (En)trust No One

For a landlord, it’s a bad day when your tenant gets busted for operating a meth lab, and the local authorities condemn your house because it’s contaminated with the byproducts of his business. It’s even worse when you learn...more

8/20/2014 - Hazardous Substances Illegal Drugs Methamphetamine

Eleventh Circuit Reverses Coverage Ruling Under Reinsurance Agreement

Public Risk Management of Florida, an intergovernmental risk management association that functions as a primary insurer for certain government entities in Florida, ceded some of its risk to One Beacon under a reinsurance...more

8/13/2014 - Insurers Intergovernmental Agreements Reinsurance Risk Management

Court Grants Summary Judgment In $40m Reinsurance Commission Dispute

Greenlight Reinsurance brought suit against Appalachian Underwriters (“AUI”), Appalachian Reinsurance (“App Re”) and Insurance Services Group (“ISG”) alleging it had been shortchanged more than $40,000,000 pursuant to three...more

8/12/2014 - Contract Disputes Insurers Reinsurance Summary Judgment

Defendants Granted Limitations-Based Summary Judgment In Captive Reinsurance Class Action

A putative class of mortgage consumers sued Flagstar Bank and its captive reinsurer alleging that they engaged in an illegal “kickback” scheme with private mortgage insurers, which scheme artificially inflated the price of...more

7/24/2014 - Captive Insurance Company Mortgages Reinsurance RESPA Summary Judgment

Expect Focus - Catching The Next Wave, Regulatory and Litigation Developments - Volume II, Spring 2014

In This Issue: - IN THE SPOTLIGHT ..Private Equity: The Next Wave of SEC Enforcement Actions? - LIFE INSURANCE ..How to Fight a STOLI Scheme: Court Rulings Offer Clues ..STOA Schemes Face...more

7/22/2014 - Compliance Enforcement Enforcement Actions PBGC Private Equity Property Insurance SEC Title Insurance

U.K. Court Dismisses Retrocessionaire’s Defense In “Follow The Settlements” Dispute

A British retrocessionaire sued its retroceding reinsurer in a coverage dispute regarding the “follow the settlements” doctrine. The primary insurer at issue, ACE INA Overseas Insurance Company, insured Tesco, which operated...more

7/21/2014 - INA Reinsurance Retrocessional Claims UK

Appellate Court Rejects “Explosive Corpse” Theory

So many perils beset Florida condominium owners— hurricanes, mold, floods—that they can be forgiven for overlooking the possibility that the undiscovered body of a deceased neighbor might pose a hazard to adjacent residents....more

7/14/2014 - Condominium Associations Condominiums Property Damage

First Circuit Finds for Life Insurer in ERISA Class Action Challenging Retained Asset Accounts to Pay Life Insurance Benefits

In a unanimous panel decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit reversed a trial court’s ruling that the defendant, Unum Life Insurance Company of America (Unum), had breached fiduciary duties under the...more

7/10/2014 - Appeals Breach of Duty ERISA Insurers Life Insurance Retained Asset Accounts Unum Life Insurance Company

Ohio Joins Captive Insurance Market

Governor John Kasich signed Ohio House Bill 117 into law on June 17, 2014, becoming the 31st state to join the captive market. The legislation allows Ohio-domiciled companies to form their own “captive” insurance companies,...more

7/7/2014 - Captive Insurance Company

Eleventh Circuit Enforces Class Arbitration Waiver

The Eleventh Circuit affirmed a ruling compelling arbitration of an employment dispute. Plaintiff employees brought a putative collective action suit against the defendant, a windshield repair company, pursuant to the Fair...more

7/3/2014 - Arbitration Class Action Arbitration Waivers FLSA Putative Class Actions Wage and Hour

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