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Avoiding Gamesmanship in Appointing Appraisal Umpires

Appraisal has long been utilized as a tool for resolution of disputes over the amount of loss at issue in property insurance claims. Unfortunately, the appraisal process has devolved in recent years. What was once considered...more

Insurer’s Action To Arbitrate Stayed In Lieu Of Earlier-Filed State Court Coverage Action

An Illinois federal court recently stayed an insurer’s petition to compel arbitration of a dispute with its policyholder, finding that abstention in favor of an earlier-filed suit involving the parties was appropriate under...more

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Some Words Are More Equal Than Others: BancInsure vs. FDIC - In George Orwell's "Animal Farm", the governing principle that "all animals are equal" was revised by the pigs, who had ascended into power, to "all animals...more

McCarran-Ferguson Lands a Jab on the FAA

As we reported in this space late last year, the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in AT&T Mobility LLC v. Concepcion, 131 S.Ct. 1740, 1745 (2011), tilted the scales toward federal power in the field of arbitration, preempting...more

When is a Vehicle Not a “Vehicle”?

Two police officers were riding in a police car that was struck by an intoxicated underinsured driver. The officer in the passenger seat suffered serious injuries that were inadequately compensated by the tortfeasor’s...more

Oregon Federal Court Finds Arbitration Agreement In CGL Policy Invalid

Plaintiff, Technical Security Integration, Inc., a Washington company, sold certain security and surveillance equipment and services. It hired Corey Tharp as a sales associate in Oregon, to tap his connections to that state’s...more

Corporate Insurance Trends 2015

Over the last 12 months, the insurance industry has seen speculation with respect to litigation funding regulation, resolutions of large class actions and consolidation in the form of acquisitions in the industry. There has...more

Court May Appoint Arbitration Umpire Under FAA

On August 26, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals considered whether a trial court had appointment authority under the Federal Arbitration Act (“FAA”). Overturning a prior order that denied Odyssey Reinsurance Company’s...more

Court Rules Panel Must Determine Whether Arbitrators Or Actuaries Determine Amount Of Disputed Reinsurance Payment

In a dispute involving an earlier arbitration ordering American United Life Insurance Company (“AUL”) to make a commutation payment to The Travelers Indemnity, the parties filed cross petitions for arbitration pursuant to...more

Party Waived Untimely Defense To Arbitration, Notwithstanding Party’s Claim That Counsel Committed Malpractice

The court confirmed an arbitration decision awarding damages in favor of workers compensation insurers against various insured employee-staffing companies. One of the defendant companies contended that it never executed the...more

Massachusetts Federal Court Upholds Arbitration Award Based On Equitable Powers

A recent case out of the District of Massachusetts reviewing an arbitration award against Ace American Insurance Company (“Ace”) found that an arbitrator did not exceed her power in crafting an arbitration award when she...more

Massachusetts Court Of Appeals Maintains “Severely Limited” De Novo Review Of Reinsurance-Related Arbitration Award

Collective defendants, Nationwide, appealed from a Massachusetts superior court judgment confirming an arbitration award in favor of collective plaintiffs, Liberty Mutual. The underlying dispute involved a 1972 reinsurance...more

Court Limits Discovery Of Insurer’s Policies With Other Insureds, Compels Production Of Prior Arbitration Testimony

Utica Mutual Insurance Company (“Utica”) sued R&Q Reinsurance Company (“R&Q) in New York federal court for payment under reinsurance certificates R&Q issued to Utica covering umbrella policies Utica issued to its insured,...more

A Primer on Insurance Dispute Resolution in China

We previously discussed in a June 10, 2015, guest article the basics of insurance underwriting and claim handling in China. In this article, we give an overview of the legal framework and relevant key issues in insurance...more

Resolving Inconsistent Jurisdiction Clauses And Limits To Fiona Trust Presumption

In Trust Risk Group SpA v AmTrust Europe Ltd [2015] EWCA Civ 437, 30 April 2015, the Court of Appeal held that when resolving competing jurisdiction clauses in two different agreements where one is entered into at a later...more

For Life Insurers and Agents – A Summary of Predicted Litigation Under the DOL’s Proposed Fiduciary Rule

The Department of Labor’s recent Proposed Rule (the “Proposal”), which defines the term “fiduciary” as it applies to persons who provide “investment advice” to ERISA plans and IRAs, will impact the likelihood and severity of...more

Court Confirms Reinsurance Arbitration Award Without Objection

A federal district court has entered judgment confirming an arbitration award entered in favor of Employers Insurance Company of Wausau against Continental Casualty. The dispute arose out of a certificate of casualty...more

Honorable Engagement Provision in Arbitration Provision of Reinsurance Agreements Assists Court of Appeals in Holding that...

In First State Insurance Company v. National Casualty Co., 781 F.3d 7 (1st Cir. 2015), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit (the “Court of Appeals”) affirmed a district court’s refusal to vacate an arbitration...more

New York Court Reaffirms That Reinsurer’s Statute Of Limitations Defense Determined By Arbitrators, Not Court

Because a reinsurer participated in the arbitrator selection process, the reinsurer was precluded from seeking a stay on statute of limitations grounds pursuant to New York law, a New York appellate court ruled. As discussed...more

Reinsurers’ Motion To Vacate Arbitration Award Held Time-Barred

A federal judge in New York has denied reinsurers’ motions for relief from a prior judgment. The reinsurers, Equitas Insurance Limited and Certain Underwriters at Lloyd’s of London, argued that they were entitled to judicial...more

Food for Thought – Ten Post ADCNC Construction Defect meeting comments on “the system” by CD practitioners

The process still works if everyone cooperates. That means plaintiffs, developers, subcontractors and insurance companies. A breakdown exists in the following areas: Plaintiffs are not being uniformly required to...more

Court Denies Insurer’s Request To Arbitrate

In a case involving a dispute arising from a fire at the Wisconsin County Courthouse, a Wisconsin federal court issued an order denying Lexington Insurance Company’s motion to participate in an arbitration between the two...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

Fifth Circuit Affirms Vacatur Of Arbitration Award Where Arbitrator Failed To Follow Provisions Governing Selection Of Arbitrator...

Organizational Strategies Inc. (OSI) had entered into an agreement with Capstone Associated Services Ltd. for the latter to form three captive insurance companies for OSI. Included in the contract was an arbitration clause...more

Court Addresses Honorable Engagement Provision In Arbitration Clause

In First State Insurance Company v. National Cas. Co., 2015 WL 1263147, No. 14-1644 (1st Cir. March 20, 2015), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit (the “Court of Appeals”) affirmed the lower court’s refusal to...more

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