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CFPB Issues Arbitration Study – Possible Impact On Reinsurance Unclear

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has issued a study that is critical of arbitration in the context of consumer claims, contenting that arbitration “restricts” the rights and remedies of consumers by limiting or...more

Court Affirms Reinsurance Arbitration Award But Directs Further Briefing On The Issue Of Sealing Documents

A federal district court in New York confirmed an arbitration panel’s final award, but directed the parties to brief the issue of whether the continued sealing of supporting documents, filed in connection with the petition to...more

Change is in the Air: New Jersey Justices Hold Their Noses While Siding with Insurer in UM Disputes

On February 18, 2015, the Supreme Court of New Jersey issued separate opinions in two first-party, uninsured motorist cases against the same auto insurer. Plaintiffs in both cases alleged that the insurer had acted in bad...more

Seventh Circuit Denies Rehearing In Failed Attempt To Compel Arbitration And To Require Pre-Pleading Security From Uruguay...

On November 18, 2014, we reported on the Seventh Circuit’s decision in Pine Top Receivables of Illinois, LLC v. Banco de Seguros del Estado, in which Pine Top claimed that Banco de Seguros owed it $2,352,464.08 under certain...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

Reinsurance-Related Dispute Stayed Pending Arbitration Despite Later Executed Settlement Agreement

Steadfast Insurance Company entered into a settlement agreement with its insured, Barton Malow Enterprises after agreeing to pay $15 million on Barton’s claim. The settlement included a complete release of all claims by...more

When "Fairly Debatable" Is Good Enough: New Jersey Supreme Court Affirms "Fairly Debatable" Standard for Insurance Bad Faith...

Two decisions from the New Jersey Supreme Court have affirmed that there can be no liability for bad faith in cases where an insurer’s actions in denying a claim are deemed "fairly debatable." While these decisions show a...more

Seventh Circuit Finds Attorney Fee Dispute Arbitrable

The Seventh Circuit recently held that a cost-sharing agreement (“CSA”) between Hennessy Industries Inc. (“Hennessy”) and National Union Fire Insurance Co. (“National Union”) required the parties to arbitrate a dispute over...more

Third Circuit Reverses Equitable Estoppel Ruling Compelling Arbitration Against Non-Signatory Insurer

The trial court had granted the motion to compel arbitration of Flintkote Company against one of its asbestos liability insurers, Aviva PLC, despite the fact that Aviva was a non-signatory to the subject Alternative Dispute...more

Southern District Of New York: “If You Want Strict Application Of The Law, Don’t Agree To Arbitration Clauses.”

A federal judge in the Southern District of New York recently denied a motion to vacate an arbitration award in a reinsurance dispute, scolding the movant for complaining that the arbitrators reached a compromise verdict. The...more

Report From Counsel: Insights And Developments In The Law - Winter 2014/2015

In this Newsletter: - Federal Advertising Guidelines for Businesses - Case by Case - Arbitration Clauses in Employment Contracts - Life Insurance Can Be Part of Your Estate Plan - Employment...more

Australian Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC) reviews insurers’ outsourcing arrangements

ASIC has announced today that QBE has made changes to its outsourcing of ‘escalated complaints and dispute resolution’ to an Australian law firm following concerns raised by ASIC. ...more

California’s “Third Party Litigation Exception” Not Preempted By The FAA

A California appellate court recently examined that state’s legislative response to the situation where a party moves to compel arbitration and some of the parties to the dispute are not parties to the arbitration agreement....more

Arbitrators May Award Some Amounts Above the Policy Limits in Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Cases

Los Angeles Uninsured Motorist Attorney, Barry P. Goldberg, fields questions from lawyers and insureds alike regarding Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist arbitrations. One of the more frequent topics concerns whether an...more

Fifth Circuit Dismisses For Lack Of Appellate Jurisdiction Appeal Of Order Compelling Arbitration

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has dismissed, for lack of appellate jurisdiction, a district court order granting a motion to compel arbitration filed by Certain Underwriters of Lloyds of London and several other...more

Physician Plaintiff Bound by Arbitration Clause in Nonparty’s Contract

Today’s riddle: A physician sues defendants for defamation. The defendants move to compel the arbitration clause of a contract the physician used to have with a nonparty. The defendants win the argument. What’s the...more

Second Arbitration Compelled On Reinsurance Claims Made Under Treaty Previously Construed In Prior Arbitration Award

In a complicated web of proceedings, the initial dispute involved whether the reinsurer, Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co., was permitted to condition payment of reinsurance claims on receiving access to the claim records of...more

California Federal District Court Compels Arbitration In Reinsurance Dispute

Randazzo Enterprises sued its reinsurer, Applied Underwriters Captive Risk Assurance Company, Inc. in California federal court over Applied’s calculation of premiums of the reinsurance agreement entered between them. Invoking...more

Reinsurance Arbitration Award Confirmed, Reaching Result Contrary To Previous Award Against Different Reinsurer

On March 11, 2014, we reported on the First Circuit’s ruling in a contested arbitration between OneBeacon America Insurance Co. and certain of its reinsurers over reinsured asbestos claims. The reinsurers filed a declaratory...more

Binding arbitration in managed care contracts - 6 tips to tailor your dispute resolution provisions

The Affordable Care Act is moving millions of previously uninsured patients into commercial managed care health plans. As the healthcare system grapples with complexity of this shift, the size of disputes between healthcare...more

Reinsurance Newsletter - December 2014

In This Issue: - Recent Case Summaries - Recent Regulatory Developments - Recent Speeches and Publications - Excerpt from Recent Case Summaries: Seventh Circuit Holds FSIA Overrides State Statute...more

District Court Grants Motion To Stay Pending Arbitration Over Non-Signatory’s Opposition

In late August, a federal district court in Louisiana granted a group of defendants’ motion to stay pending arbitration. Plaintiff alleged breach of fiduciary duty, negligence, and fraud in connection with a trust account set...more

Separate trials of liability and quantum in an insurance context

In Fortescue Metals Group Ltd v Underwriting Members of XL Syndicate 1209 at Lloyd’s for the 2004 and 2005 Underwriting Years of Account [2014] WASC 422, the Supreme Court of Western Australia considered whether to order the...more

Court Confirms Award Over Arguments Of “Manifest Disregard,” “Evident Partiality,” And “Corruption”

A transported liquid chemical had been found degraded after shipping from Texas to South Korea. The chemical company contended that the shipper was responsible for the losses as samples taken from the chemical prior to its...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

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