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Court Affirms Arbitration Panel’s $14 Million Award In Favor Of Insured In Reinsurance Dispute Over Asbestos Claims

A federal district court has confirmed a $14 million arbitration award entered in favor of Amerisure against its reinsurer Everest. As we earlier reported, the court had previously denied the motion to seal briefing...more

Arbitration Award Confirmed In Quota Share Reinsurance Dispute

An arbitration award to Petitioner, Employers Insurance of Wausau A Mural Company (“Wausau”), has been confirmed after Respondents withdrew their prior objections. The dispute arose over payment obligations stemming from a...more

NJ Supreme Court Issues Companion Decisions That Impact Insurers’ Handling of UM/UIM Matters and Address New Jersey’s “Fairly...

On February 18, 2015, the New Jersey Supreme Court issued companion decisions – Badiali v. New Jersey Manufacturers Insurance Group and Wadeer v. New Jersey Manufacturers Insurance Group – that impact insurers’ handling of...more

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

Court Confirms Arbitration Panel’s Interim Award Requiring Reinsurer To Post Security For Cedent’s Claimed Losses

A federal district court has confirmed an arbitration panel’s interim award requiring Allied Provident, as reinsurer, to post security for unreimbursed losses and expenses that its cedent claims are due under the parties’...more

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

Winning Isn’t Everything: Insurer’s Arbitration Success Does Not Prevent Claim for Bad Faith Failure to Settle

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

Texas Supreme Court Vacates $26 Million Arbitration Award And Reverses Court Of Appeal’s Decision Imposing Requirement For...

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

Court Quashes Subpoena Seeking Unissued Arbitration Award

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

Court Vacates Arbitration Award Where Arbitration Held Under Incorrect Arbitration Rules

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

Arbitration Clause In Agreement Between Insured And Reinsurer Held Invalid Under Nebraska Law

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

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

Utica And Century Ordered To Mandatory Mediation In Reinsurance Dispute

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

Reinsurance Redux - Winter 2014

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

Prevailing Party in Arbitration is Entitled to Post-Award, Prejudgment Interest Under Nevada Law

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

Federal Courts Can Enjoin State Court Litigation Of Arbitrable Claims

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

Binding Arbitration Agreements in Insurance Contracts are Void in Washington

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

Fee Award to Insurance Defense Firm May Be at Augmented Rates

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

Receivers in Arbitration Proceedings

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

Reinsurance Redux - July 2012

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 - United...more

Reviewing ‘Evident Partiality’ After Scandinavian

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

Arbitration Limitation: Ninth Circuit Holds That a Bankruptcy Court May Refuse to Enforce an Arbitration Clause

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

Construction Law in North Carolina: 7 Critical Mistakes Engineers & Architects Make During Project Negotiation & Execution That...

The typical commercial construction lawsuit can cost an architecture or engineering firm well over $100,000 to resolve. It is not unheard of for some construction lawsuits to rise into the multiple hundreds of...more

Insurer's Interim Order of Pre-Hearing Security Against a Policyholder Confirmed by Court in a Barger & Wolen Victory

In a Barger & Wolen victory, the U.S. District Court in Manhattan has confirmed an arbitration panel’s interim order, which required a policyholder to post pre-hearing security in the amount sought by an insurer. On Time...more

The Year 2010 In Review: Construction Insurance Issues

This article is the seventh in a series summarizing construction law developments for 2010. 1. Forecast Homes, Inc. v. Steadfast Insurance Co., 181 Cal. App. 4th 1466 (4th Dist. Jan. 2010), rev. denied, 2010 Cal. LEXIS...more

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