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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
After he was rear-ended by a driver without insurance, the plaintiff in Maslo v. Ameriprise Auto & Home Insurance, No. B249271 (Cal. App. Ct. June 27, 2014) incurred $64,000 in medical expenses, but he filed a claim with his...more
Nearly ten years after arbitration proceedings commenced involving a claim arising from the purchase and sale of various insurance companies, the Texas Supreme Court vacated the $26 million arbitration award entered against...more
A recent decision by the Financial Services Commission of Ontario reiterates that the onus to prove entitlement to benefits and treatment outside of the Minor Injury Guideline rests with the Insured....more
After striking the affirmative defense of failure to mitigate, a court quashed a subpoena issued to an arbitrator seeking an unissued arbitration award in a dispute between certain defendants and their reinsurer....more
A federal judge in Houston recently vacated an arbitration award where the reinsurance agreement specified that the arbitration of any disputes would proceed “under the auspices of the ICC,” but the arbitration actually...more
A federal district court has held an arbitration clause in a Reinsurance Participation Agreement (RPA) between an insured and a reinsurer invalid and unenforceable under governing state law. The RPA complemented a standing...more
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
Utica Mutual Insurance Company brought an action in 2013 against Century Indemnity Company (itself and against certain of its named predecessors) for breach of contract and breach of the duty of utmost good faith, as well as...more
In This Issue:
- New York District Court Grants Summary Judgment for Reinsurer Where Insured’s Loss Did Not Reach Attachment Point Necessary to Trigger Coverage:
The United States District Court for the Southern...more
Allstate Ins. Co. v. OneBeacon Am. Ins. Co., No. 13-12368-NMG, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 146826 (D. Mass. Oct. 8, 2013).
A Massachusetts federal court denied a reinsurer’s motion to enjoin arbitration. The reinsurer sought...more
Trenwick Am. Reinsurance Corp. v. Unionamerica Ins. Co.. No. 3:13cv94 (JBA), 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 97518 (D. Conn. Jul. 12, 2013).
A Connecticut federal court compelled arbitration against a reinsurer and denied the...more
Platinum Underwriters Bermuda Ltd. v. Excalibur Reinsurance Corp., No. 12-70, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 98671 (E.D. Pa. Jul. 15, 2013).
A Pennsylvania federal court has had a second chance to review an arbitration award...more
In Lagstein v. Certain Underwriters at Lloyd’s of London the Ninth Circuit held that Nevada law allows the prevailing party in arbitration proceedings to collect post-award, prejudgment interest....more
An insurer who refuses to participate in a mediation requested by a plaintiff in respect of a motor vehicle accident claim continues to risk increased exposure to costs. The Ontario Court of Appeal recently repeated that...more
AXA Versicherung AG v. New Hampshire Ins. Co., No. 12 Civ. 6009 (JSR), 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 60802 (S.D.N.Y. Apr. 22, 3013).
A New York federal court had confirmed an arbitration award on consent of all parties and...more
In a new case that reminds federal judges everywhere to sing “I’ve got the power!” like C&C Music Factory, the Fifth Circuit reiterates that federal courts can stay related state court actions if necessary to “protect or...more
In Washington State Department of Transportation v. James River Insurance Company, Wash. No. 87644-4 (January 17, 2013), the Washington Supreme Court declared binding arbitration agreements in insurance contracts void and...more
Amerisure Mut. Ins. Co. v. Global Reinsurance Corp. of Am., No. 10 L 012665 (Ill. Cir. Ct. Nov. 7, 2012).
An Illinois state court dismissed a cedent’s complaint seeking attorney fees for a reinsurer’s alleged...more
A New York federal court granted a cedent’s petition under the Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards to confirm multiple arbitration awards in its favor, denied cross-petition to vacate the...more
In Nemecek & Cole v. Horn, 2012 DJDAR 11353 (2012), the California Court of Appeal for the Second Appellate District decided an interesting fee case. The court approved the trial court’s ruling granting fees at approximately...more
QUESTION: My client is involved in a partnership dispute. The partnership agreement provides all disputes are to be resolved by binding arbitration. I may want to have a receiver appointed to operate the partnership property...more
In This Issue:
- Pennsylvania Court Grants Plaintiff’s Motion for Summary Judgment and Holds that Terms Not Defined in Reinsurance Certificates are Defined As Set Forth in the Underlying Insurance Policies
Originally published in Insurance Law360
In the recent decision Scandinavian Reinsurance Co. Ltd. v. St. Paul Fire & Marine Insurance Co., 668 F.3d 60 (2d Cir. 2012), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit...more
Clients often raise questions concerning the enforceability of arbitration clauses in bankruptcy proceedings. While this topic has been hotly debated for many years, a recent Ninth Circuit opinion, In re Thorpe Insulation...more
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