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Louisiana Federal Court Finds Removal Proper As Dispute Could Relate To An Underlying Arbitration Clause In Insurance Policy

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In this case, a Louisiana federal court denied a motion for remand of a former machinist’s asbestos-related claim, finding that an English insurer’s removal from state court was appropriate and that the dispute could relate...more

UK Court Refuses To Remove Arbitrator For Alleged Bias

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A court in the United Kingdom refused to remove an arbitrator for perceived bias where the arbitrator was appointed to arbitrate multiple disputes arising from the same underlying incident triggering insurance coverage. A...more

Eleventh Circuit Looks To Alabama’s Doctrine Of “Intertwining” To Determine Non-Signatory Cannot Be Compelled To Arbitrate

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Under Alabama law, “arbitration may be compelled under the doctrine of ‘intertwining’ where arbitrable and nonarbitrable claims are so closely related that the party to a controversy subject to arbitration is equitably...more

Defence & Indemnity - February 2017: IV. PRACTICE ISSUES A.

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IV. PRACTICE ISSUES A. The doctrine of abuse of process does not preclude re-litigation of the issue of whether or not an individual was insured in a priority dispute between insurers in the face of that individual’s having...more

Kentucky Federal Court Orders Further Briefing On Whether The Federal Arbitration Act Or Kentucky Law Applies In Dispute Involving...

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The background of this case is as follows. State Insurance Commissioner Brian Maynard, acting as liquidator of the failed Kentucky Health Cooperative (“KYHC”), filed suit in Kentucky state court against CGI Technologies and...more

Appellate Court Rejects Claim Of Arbitrator Bias Based On Umpire’s Service As A Party Arbitrator In Other Matters Involving A...

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The Second Circuit has rejected the attempt of a retrocedent, IRB Brasil Reseguros S.A. (“IRB”), to vacate certain arbitration awards against it in favor of its retrocessionaire, National Indemnity Company (“NICO”). IRB...more

Recipient Of Arbitration Award In Reinsurance Dispute Permitted Discovery Of Funds Withheld Account

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Plaintiffs secured an interim arbitration award in the amount of $7.8 million, plus interest, in what the court described as a complex insurance/reinsurance program. Seeking to collect on the award, plaintiffs served a...more

Reinsurance Arbitration Award Stands In Face Of Challenges To Rationality And Impartiality Of Decision

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Yosemite Insurance Co. (“Yosemite”) lost its challenge to an arbitration award that found Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co. (“Nationwide”) was not required to cover a share of Yosemite’s settlement with the State of California...more

Arbitration Clause In Body Of Reinsurance Agreement Governs Over Provision In Endorsement

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In a dispute between First Mutual, a ceding company, and its reinsurer, Infrassure, over which of two competing arbitration clauses in a reinsurance contract governed, the Second Circuit affirmed a lower court decision in...more

Third Circuit Reverses Order Denying Arbitration, Ruling That State Law Prohibiting Arbitration Of Insurance Matters Challenged...

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Applied Underwriters Captive Risk Assurance Company appealed from the denial of its motion to compel arbitration in a dispute related to a reinsurance participation contract with South Jersey Sanitation Company. The trial...more

Seventh Circuit Upholds Denial Of Motion To Compel Arbitration

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Applying Wisconsin law, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals determined the parties did not have an agreement to arbitrate because, even though their excess/reinsurance agreement contained “follow form” language, and the...more

Southern District Of Indiana Determines Parties’ Dispute Regarding Nonpayment Of Bond By Sureties Was Not Within The Scope Of...

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In order to be arbitrable, a dispute must fall within the scope of the parties’ operative arbitration agreement. Here, a non-signatory to the relevant agreement was seeking to “invoke an arbitration provision that was not...more

SDNY Resolves Impasse And Selects Umpire For Arbitration Under The FAA

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Relying on its authority pursuant to the Federal Arbitration Act (“FAA”) and the language of the operative contract, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York selected an umpire for an arbitration from a...more

Court Compels Arbitration To Determine The Arbitrability Of Reinsurance Dispute With Captive Insurance Company

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In a suit by an auto body company against a captive insurance company for rescission of certain workers compensation reinsurance participation agreements, for disgorgement of $70,000 paid thereunder, and for fraud, breach of...more

Illinois Federal Court Grants Motion To Confirm Arbitration Award For Pre-Hearing Security

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We previously reported on this case in our blog dated December 21, 2015. The background of the dispute is as follows. A dispute arose between an insurer and its insured under four written program agreements, each containing...more

Court Compels Non-Signatory Affiliates, But Not Broker, To Arbitrate Premium Payment Dispute

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National Union Fire Insurance Company of Pittsburgh brought a petition in a New York federal court, to compel nine related companies to arbitrate a payment dispute relating to certain policies of insurance issued to the...more

Texas Appeals Court Denies Petition For A Writ Of Mandamus That Trial Court Erred In Denying Motion To Vacate Arbitration Panel’s...

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A Texas appeals court denied a petition for a writ of mandamus filed by Irving Drobny, on behalf of National Accident Insurance Group (“NAIG”) and National Accident Insurance Underwriters (“NAIU”) (collectively, “NAIU”),...more

Seventh Circuit Affirms Service Of Suit Clause In Reinsurance Treaties And Grants Cedent Absolute Right To Select Forum

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Based on the plain and ordinary meaning of the service of suit clause, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals found a reinsurer waived its right of removal. The service of suit clause provided...more

Arbitration Clause Contained Only In “Side” Agreements To Insurance Policies, Enforced In Dispute Over “Retrospective Premiums”

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A U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York recently enjoined Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), from proceeding with litigation in California against National Union Fire Insurance Company (NUFIC), related to a...more

Ex Parte Communications Between Reinsurer’s Attorney And Party-Appointed Arbitrator Lead To Vacatur Of Award

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The Sixth Circuit recently held that a lower court erred by refusing to vacate an arbitration panel’s interim and final awards due to ex parte communications between one of the arbitrators and the attorney for the appellee,...more

District Of Arizona Awards Broad Fee Award Where There Were Competing Motions To Confirm Arbitral Award

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On March 31, 2016, we wrote regarding an arbitration confirmation fight between the Scottsdale Insurance Company (“Scottsdale”) and the John Deere Insurance Company (“John Deere”) in a reinsurance dispute relating to whether...more

Treaty Tip: Is it an Insurance Policy or a Reinsurance Agreement?

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Whether a risk shifting agreement is an insurance policy or a reinsurance agreement may have important consequences. For example, many states prohibit the mandatory arbitration of disputes arising out of insurance policies,...more

Federal Court Has Subject-Matter Jurisdiction To Decide Petition To Compel; Determines Party Did Not Waive Arbitration By Agreeing...

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Despite a pending motion to compel arbitration in state court, a party (MetLife) petitioned a Tennessee district court under the Federal Arbitration Act for the same relief. As that Act itself does not create federal-question...more

District Court Of Nebraska Determines Non-Signatory Of Arbitration Agreement Is Not Bound To Arbitrate

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A signatory may bind a non-signatory to an arbitration agreement through principles of contract and agency law such as: (1) incorporation by reference; (2) assumption; (3) agency; (4) veil-piercing/alter-ego; and (5)...more

Eleventh Circuit’s Liberal Reading of Bonner Mall a Game Changer for Class Actions?

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An Eleventh Circuit panel recently vacated two district court orders after sending the parties to mediation, and after the parties’ conditioned settlement on vacatur of the orders. In Hartford Casualty Insurance Company v....more

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