Arbitration Reinsurance

Arbitration is a widely-used method for settling disputes between parties. During arbitration, parties submit their dispute to an impartial third person or party, usually chosen by the parties. Typically, parties... more +
Arbitration is a widely-used method for settling disputes between parties. During arbitration, parties submit their dispute to an impartial third person or party, usually chosen by the parties. Typically, parties to arbitration agree in advance to be bound by the arbitrator's decision. Arbitration is an alternative to litigation, but it shares many of the familiar features of litigation. Namely, parties to arbitration hold hearings before neutral decision-makers, present evidence and argue the merits of their position. Parties often choose arbitration due to its perceived advantages over litigation. Those perceived advantages include greater efficiency and flexibility, and lower costs. less -
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Federal District Court Upholds Foreign Reinsurer’s Right To Remove Action To Federal Court

The Court for the Middle District of Louisiana upheld a magistrate’s ruling denying a motion to remand filed by the Louisiana Commerce and Trade Association of Self Insurer’s Fund (“LCTA”), holding that the defendant foreign...more

Court Refuses To Compel Nonsignatory To Join Reinsurance Arbitration

On April 8, 2014, we reported on National Indemnity Company’s (“NICO”) attempt in a Nebraska federal district court to enjoin Transatlantic Reinsurance Company from commencing arbitration against NICO in Chicago and New York...more

Court Holds That Arbitrator Should Decide Whether An Arbitration Provision Survives The Commutation Of A Reinsurance Agreement

A federal judge in the District of Connecticut recently analyzed whether the arbitration provision in a reinsurance agreement was extinguished by a subsequent commutation agreement. The case involved an agreement between the...more

A Court May Not, under the Guise of Adjudicating a Breach of Contract Dispute, Stay an Arbitration Which Is in Process Based upon...

Savers Property and Casualty Insurance Company v. National Union Fire Insurance Company, __ F.3d __, 2014 WL 1378134 (6th Cir. April 9, 2014) - Case at a Glance - A district court enjoined an ongoing...more

Clause Where Party Demanding Arbitration Is Not A Party To Allegedly Terminated Reinsurance Agreement

A federal district court has taken under advisement plaintiff’s motion for injunction and defendant’s cross-motion to compel arbitration after conducting a hearing on the matter. The issue to be decided is whether CX can...more

Court Vacates Arbitration Award Where Arbitration Held Under Incorrect Arbitration Rules

A federal judge in Houston recently vacated an arbitration award where the reinsurance agreement specified that the arbitration of any disputes would proceed “under the auspices of the ICC,” but the arbitration actually...more

Court Defers Ruling On Appointment Of Umpire Pending Disclosures To Determine Neutrality

We previously reported on December 17, 2013, about a dispute in federal court between Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company, National Casualty Company, and Employers Insurance Company of Wausau (collectively, “Nationwide”) and...more

Court Construes Parties’ Agreement To Allow New York State Courts To Rule On Statute Of Limitations Defense

The issue confronting the court in In re ROM Reinsurance Management Co. v. Continental Insurance Company was whether the timeliness of a demand for arbitration was a determination for the Court or for the arbitrators. ...more

Sixth Circuit Refuses To Permit Judicial Review Prior To Conclusion Of Reinsurance Arbitration Proceeding

The Sixth Circuit recently reversed a district court’s decision to stay arbitration proceedings in a dispute concerning allegations of overbilling on a reinsurance program. The arbitration clause from the treaty established a...more

Reinsurance Arbitration Dispute Transferred To Venues In Which Arbitrations Were Pending

National Indemnity Company (NICO) sought an injunction in a Nebraska federal district court to prevent Transatlantic Reinsurance Company and its subsidiary (collectively, Transatlantic Re) from commencing arbitration against...more

Is It Time To Include Mandatory Arbitration Clauses In All Reinsurance Policies? Mandatory Clauses Could Avoid Unnecessary Future...

Recent reports on the continued easing of collateral requirements for non-US reinsurers that operate in the US, raise the question: with the anticipated, increased presence of non-US reinsurers state-side, will more...more

Reinsurer’s Petition To Compel Arbitration Stayed Where Cedent Claims Issue Is Already Pending In State Court

A federal district court has stayed a case where Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company petitioned to compel arbitration of a dispute that its cedent Liberty Mutual Insurance Company claims was already adjudicated by an...more

Court Confirms Arbitration Award In Reinsurance Billing Dispute

A New York federal district court affirmed an arbitration award in favor of R&Q Reinsurance Company as against its cedent, Utica Mutual, in a reinsurance dispute arising from certificates issued by R&Q reinsuring certain...more

Reinsurance Redux - Winter 2014

In This Issue: - New York District Court Grants Summary Judgment for Reinsurer Where Insured’s Loss Did Not Reach Attachment Point Necessary to Trigger Coverage: The United States District Court for the Southern...more

New York Federal Court Interprets Reinsurance Contract’s Arbitration Provision and Transfers Venue to Massachusetts

First State Ins. Co. v. Nat’l Cas. Co., No. 13 Civ. 0704 (AJN), 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 142518, 2013 WL 5439143 (S.D.N.Y. Sept. 27, 2013). A cedent and a reinsurer were parties to various reinsurance agreements, each of...more

New York Federal Court Grants Request to Unseal Reinsurance Arbitration Information

Eagle Star Ins. Co. v. Arrowood Indemnity Co., No. 13 Civ. 3410 (HB), 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 135869 (S.D.N.Y. Sept. 23, 2013). A New York federal court recently granted an application by putative intervenors to unseal...more

Michigan Federal Court Enjoins Arbitration Proceeding Because of Possible Misconduct

Star Ins. Co. v. Nat’l Union Fire Ins. Co., No. 13-13807, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 130379 (E.D. Mich. Sept. 12, 2013). This case has made some headlines and includes accusations that ex parte communications took place. ...more

New York Federal Court Denies Reinsurer’s Motion to Dismiss Action Seeking Appointment of Arbitrator

Utica Mut. Ins. Co. v. Emp’rs Ins. Co., No. 6: 12-CV-1293 (N.D.N.Y. Sept. 26, 2013). A New York federal court denied a reinsurers’ motion to dismiss the cedent’s complaint in a case where the cedent sought a...more

Massachusetts Federal Court Denies Reinsurer’s Motion to Enjoin Arbitration

Allstate Ins. Co. v. OneBeacon Am. Ins. Co., No. 13-12368-NMG, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 146826 (D. Mass. Oct. 8, 2013). A Massachusetts federal court denied a reinsurer’s motion to enjoin arbitration. The reinsurer sought...more

Reinsurance Newsletter - December 2013

Recent Case Summaries - Michigan Federal Court Enjoins Arbitration Proceeding Because of Possible Misconduct - Star Ins. Co. v. Nat’l Union Fire Ins. Co., No. 13-13807, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 130379 (E.D. Mich....more

Reinsurance Redux - Fall 2013

In This Issue: - Southern District of New York Predicts That California Would Adopt Bad Faith Exception to Requirement That a Reinsurer Prove Prejudice for Late Notice Defense: The United States District Court...more

Reinsurance Newsletter - September 2013: Connecticut Federal Court Compels Arbitration In Fronting Dispute

Trenwick Am. Reinsurance Corp. v. Unionamerica Ins. Co.. No. 3:13cv94 (JBA), 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 97518 (D. Conn. Jul. 12, 2013). A Connecticut federal court compelled arbitration against a reinsurer and denied the...more

Reinsurance Newsletter - September 2013: California Federal Court Orders Completion Of Umpire Selection Process So Panel Can...

Granite State Ins. Co. v. Clearwater Ins. Co., No. C 13-2924 SI, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 118413 (N.D. Ca. Aug. 19, 2013). In a very recent case, a California federal court partially denied the petition and denied the...more

Reinsurance Newsletter - September 2013: Good News For Arbitrators From The Supreme Court?

Oxford Health Plans LLC v. Sutter, 133 S. Ct. 2064 (2013). In a non-reinsurance case, the United States Supreme Court recently defined the scope of the limited judicial review provided for under Section 10(a)(4) of the...more

Illinois Federal Court Bars Assignee Of Claims Under A Reinsurance Treaty From Invoking Arbitration Clause

Pine Top Receivables of Ill., Inc. v. Banco de Seguros Del Estado, No. 12 C 6357, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 81516, 2013 WL 2574596 (N. D. Ill. June 11, 2013). An Illinois federal court granted a reinsurer’s motion to...more

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