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Don’t Let Coverage Issue Delay Settlement

There are a number of steps in-house counsel can take to increase the likelihood of mediation while working with outside counsel on cases defended by carriers. Some mediations directly involve insurance, such as those...more

Georgia Appellate Court Holds Malpractice Coverage Suit Must Be Arbitrated

The Court of Appeals of Georgia recently affirmed a trial court’s ruling compelling arbitration in a malpractice coverage dispute. McLarens Young International Inc. (McLarens) and American Safety Casualty Insurance Company...more

SPECIAL FOCUS: The Arbitrability Of Statutes Of Limitations In Reinsurance Disputes

Whether a particular jurisdiction’s statute of limitations provides a reinsurer with a valid basis to deny payment of a cedent’s claim is sometimes a hotly-contested issue. Where a dispute is litigated in state or federal...more

Alabama Acknowledges AAA Rules Authorize Arbitrator To Determine Whether Non-Signatory Is Bound

The Alabama Supreme Court has followed the Eighth Circuit’s lead, concluding that when the parties agree to arbitrate pursuant to the AAA Rules, they have clearly and unmistakably authorized the arbitrator to determine who is...more

Court Denies Reconsideration Of Order Staying Action To Compel Arbitration

A federal district court refused to reconsider its order staying Allstate’s action to compel arbitration against its insured, A.O. Smith. The case involved a Settlement/Coverage-in Place Agreement between A.O. Smith and...more

Court Confirms Final Arbitration Award In Reinsurance Dispute

Certain Underwriters at Lloyd’s of London petitioned the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts to confirm an award issued by a three-member panel in an arbitration against Transport Insurance Company. The...more

Avoiding ERISA Medical Treatment Class Actions with Arbitration Provisions?

Insurers are getting hit with more class actions regarding the denial of medical treatments, like behavioral therapy treatments for autism spectrum disorders. These can be expensive: In May 2015 ConAgra Foods Inc. and Blue...more

Court Grants Motion To Compel Arbitration, Finding That Issue Of Consolidation Is Question For Arbitrator, Not Court

An Illinois federal court recently granted an insurer’s motion to compel arbitration of a dispute with its insureds and denied the insureds’ motion to dismiss and transfer venue. This dispute arose under four written...more

Arbitration Award That Attempted To Indirectly Adjudicate Non-Party Vacated As Exceeding Arbitrator’s Authority

The dispute involved whether a defense contractor, its owners, and its captive insurance companies (collectively, “OSI”) were entitled to a return of their premiums from a non-party insurer (“PoolRe”) that serviced a risk...more

Court Approves Replacement Arbitrator In Reinsurance Dispute Despite Technical Violation Of Arbitration Agreement

In a short handwritten ruling, a court recently denied Odyssey Reinsurance Company’s challenge to a replacement arbitrator appointed by its opponents, Certain Underwriters at Lloyds London Syndicate 53 and Reliastar...more

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

Policyholder Insider Quarterly

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

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