Michael Wolgin

Michael Wolgin

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Reinsurance Broker And Cedent Settle Compensation Dispute

On March 26, 2014, we reported on a dispute surrounding whether a cedent was responsible to compensate a reinsurance broker under a particular broker authorization agreement. The court had denied summary judgment, finding...more

9/9/2014 - Broker-Dealer Reinsurance Settlement

English Appellate Court Dismisses Appeal Of Judgment Declaring No Liability Under A Cargo Liability Reinsurance Policy

A judgment found that certain Lloyd’s reinsurers were not liable to cover the destruction of cargo on board a vessel that capsized in the Philippines during a Typhoon. The trial court relied on a typhoon warranty clause...more

9/4/2014 - Reinsurance Shipping UK Vessels

Court Denies Petition To Appoint Arbitration Umpire In Retrocession Dispute

Odyssey Reinsurance Co. petitioned the court to appoint an umpire to serve in arbitration with its retrocessionaries, certain Lloyd’s underwriters and Reliastar Reinsurance Group, over a disputed reinsurance claim. Odyssey...more

8/21/2014 - Arbitration Arbitration Agreements Retrocessional Claims Underwriters of Lloyds Underwriting

Class Action Alleging Mortgage Kickback Captive Reinsurance Survives Dismissal Pending Discovery On Tolling Of Limitations

A court denied dismissal of a putative class action involving claims against Suntrust Bank subsidiaries and a captive reinsurer for an alleged illegal kickback scheme arising out of captive reinsurance covering Suntrust’s...more

8/21/2014 - Banks Captive Insurance Company Kickbacks Putative Class Actions Reinsurance RESPA Subsidiaries SunTrust Tolling Unfair Trade Practices Act

North Carolina Amends Its Captive Insurer Law

In October 2013, North Carolina enacted the North Carolina Captive Insurance Act, joining 30 other states with captive-enabling legislation. On July 7, 2014, North Carolina enacted House Bill 267, which amends the Act. The...more

7/24/2014 - Captive Insurance Company

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

Court Refuses To Compel Nonsignatory To Join Reinsurance Arbitration

On April 8, 2014, we reported on National Indemnity Company’s (“NICO”) attempt in a Nebraska federal district court to enjoin Transatlantic Reinsurance Company from commencing arbitration against NICO in Chicago and New York...more

7/22/2014 - Arbitration Arbitration Agreements Asbestos Litigation Reinsurance

FINRA Continues Investor-Friendly Arbitration Reforms

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) is submitting rule amendments for SEC approval that would generally make individuals with any past ties to the financial industry ineligible to be considered "public" FINRA...more

7/15/2014 - Arbitrators FINRA New Amendments SEC

Arbitration Procedure Unconscionability Roundup

Basulto v. Hialeah Automotive, Case No. SC09-2358 (Fla. March 20, 2014) (reversing intermediate appellate court’s ruling compelling arbitration on monetary relief claims; intermediate court failed to limit its review to...more

6/30/2014 - Arbitration Arbitration Agreements

Court Construes Disputed Insurance Policy Language And Requires Reinsurer To Follow The Settlements

The case involved two facultative reinsurance contracts, each of which covered excess liability for similar umbrella liability insurance policies, and each of which contained a “follow the settlements” provision. After the...more

6/17/2014 - Asbestos Asbestos Litigation Insureds Insurers Liability Insurance Reinsurance Umbrella Policies

Jury Awards Stonebridge Casualty $5.8 Million On Reinsurance Claim

A final judgment was recently entered on a jury verdict awarding $5.8 million to Stonebridge Casualty Insurance Company. The case involved a reinsurer’s failure to pay reinsurance claims arising out of an automobile tire...more

6/5/2014 - Automotive Industry Customer-Loyalty Programs Jury Awards Reinsurance

Claims Against Loan Servicer And Force-Placed Insurer Alleging Commission And Reinsurance Kickback Scheme Survive Dismissal

A putative class action involving force-placed home insurance and an alleged scheme for mortgage lenders to obtain kickbacks in the form of commissions, reinsurance premium, and other fees, has survived a motion to dismiss. ...more

5/22/2014 - Broker Commissions Force-Placed Insurance Homeowner's Insurance Kickbacks Loan Servicer Motion to Dismiss Putative Class Actions Reinsurance

Denial Of Arbitration Reversed Where Trial Court Failed To Hold Trial To Resolve Disputed Questions Of Fact

The Tenth Circuit has pointedly reversed a trial court’s decision to deny arbitration, based on the fact that the lower court failed to hold a trial (as required by the FAA) when disputed questions of fact surrounding the...more

5/20/2014 - Arbitration Arbitration Agreements Federal Arbitration Act

Court Construes Ambiguous Arbitration Clause Broadly And Compels Arbitration

The dispute involved a claim for benefits under a policy insuring a marine construction site damaged in 2008 by Hurricane Ike. The insured contended that the policy did not provide for arbitration, but instead provided only...more

5/2/2014 - Arbitration Arbitration Agreements Mandatory Arbitration Clauses Natural Disasters Property Damage Severe Weather

Insurer Must Follow The Settlements, Notwithstanding Clause Purporting To Limit Settlement To Settling Insurers Only

Interest holders in a vessel insured a 50% interest with certain Lloyd’s Syndicates, and a 30% interest with Aigaion Insurance Company. The terms of the Aigaion policy contained a clause reading, “Agreed to follow London’s...more

4/29/2014 - Judicial Settlement Agreements Settlement UK

Court Compels Production Of Information Exchanged Between Insurer And Reinsurer As Relevant To Construction Of Policy

In a declaratory relief action brought against the FDIC by the liability insurer for the directors and officers of a bank in receivership, the court resolved a discovery dispute that included a contested request for...more

4/9/2014 - D&O Insurance Discovery Document Productions Document Requests FDIC

Reinsurance Arbitration Dispute Transferred To Venues In Which Arbitrations Were Pending

National Indemnity Company (NICO) sought an injunction in a Nebraska federal district court to prevent Transatlantic Reinsurance Company and its subsidiary (collectively, Transatlantic Re) from commencing arbitration against...more

4/8/2014 - Arbitration Indemnification Jurisdiction Reinsurance Removal Venue

Summary Judgment In Favor Of Broker In Malpractice Case Reversed, Where Special Relationship With Insured May Have Existed

In a case involving alleged broker malpractice with respect to certain underinsured business interruption losses under a commercial property insurance policy, the New York high court reversed a lower appellate court’s...more

4/2/2014 - Brokers Business Interruption Special Relationship Summary Judgment

Court Dismisses Claim Against AIG For Breach Of Reinsurnace Contracts

Reinsurer Transatlantic Reinsurance Company sued AIG and certain of its subsidiaries for a declaration that they breached various provisions of reinsurance certificates by transferring their risk under asbestos liability...more

3/31/2014 - AIG Breach of Contract Reinsurance

Court Stands By Decision Denying Dismissal Of Case Involving Reinsurance Of Performance Bond

A New York federal district court denied reconsideration of its refusal to dismiss a case for forum non conveniens or lack of personal jurisdiction, in a dispute involving reinsurance of a performance bond insuring the...more

2/27/2014 - Bonds Dismissals Performance Bonds Reinsurance

Reinsurance Discovery Dispute Transferred

The FDIC receiver of a bank served subpoenas on reinsurers, seeking information as to how the cedent insurer interpreted certain ambiguous terms in the underlying liability insurance policy. The insurer and reinsurer objected...more

2/25/2014 - Banks Discovery FDIC Receivership Reinsurance Subpoenas

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