Court Affirms Interpretation Of Aviation Reinsurance Contracts Triggered In The Wake Of 9/11

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In a summary order, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed a federal district court’s interpretation of certain reinsurance contracts in favor of AIOI Nissay Dowa Insurance Company. The central issue in dispute was the scope of AIOI Nissay’s obligations to a group of insurers under contracts that those insurers had purchased from a reinsurance pool, of which AIOI Nissay was a member. The contracts were triggered in the wake of the aviation losses associated with the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The Second Circuit rejected all of the arguments raised by the group of insurers on appeal, recognizing that the primary objective in contract interpretation is to give effect to the intent of the parties. While short on facts, the summary order stated that the “more natural reading” of contractual terms controlled, which was the interpretation advanced by AIOI Nissay, and the court therefore affirmed judgment in favor of AIOI Nissay on its breach of contract claim. AIOI Nissay Dowa Insurance Co. v. Prosight Specialty Management Co., No. 13-2689 (2d Cir. Apr. 22, 2014).

 

 

Topics:  Aviation Industry, Reinsurance

Published In: General Business Updates, Insurance Updates

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