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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 -

Court Compels Arbitration, Rejecting Claim That Contract Is Void For Lack Of Mutual Assent

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A New York court compelled the arbitration of a claim under a reinsurance agreement, rejecting the plaintiff reinsurer’s claim that the reinsurance policy is void because the reinsured issued an underlying insurance policy...more

Court Vacates Arbitration Award For Arbitrator’s Evident Partiality

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A New York Court vacated an arbitration award, finding that a party appointed arbitrator’s undisclosed relationships with the appointing party amounted to a relatively infrequent instance in which such nondisclosure...more

Appellate Court Precludes Assignee Of Reinsurance Claims From Re-Litigating Lack Of Entitlement To Arbitration

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In 1986, Pine Top Insurance Company became insolvent and was placed into liquidation. The liquidator eventually sold Pine Top’s accounts receivable, including reinsurance claims, to an entity named Pine Top Receivables of...more

Appellate Court Rejects Claim Of Arbitrator Bias Based On Umpire’s Service As A Party Arbitrator In Other Matters Involving A...

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The Second Circuit has rejected the attempt of a retrocedent, IRB Brasil Reseguros S.A. (“IRB”), to vacate certain arbitration awards against it in favor of its retrocessionaire, National Indemnity Company (“NICO”). IRB...more

Recipient Of Arbitration Award In Reinsurance Dispute Permitted Discovery Of Funds Withheld Account

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Plaintiffs secured an interim arbitration award in the amount of $7.8 million, plus interest, in what the court described as a complex insurance/reinsurance program. Seeking to collect on the award, plaintiffs served a...more

UK Court Considers Whether Later Conduct Stemming From A Loss Event Should Be Considered A Loss Under An Excess Of Loss...

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This case considers an appeal against an arbitration award concerning whether health claims from persons involved in cleaning up the 9/11 World Trade Center site should be considered to be multiple claims or should be...more

Reinsurance Arbitration Award Stands In Face Of Challenges To Rationality And Impartiality Of Decision

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Yosemite Insurance Co. (“Yosemite”) lost its challenge to an arbitration award that found Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co. (“Nationwide”) was not required to cover a share of Yosemite’s settlement with the State of California...more

Arbitration Clause In Body Of Reinsurance Agreement Governs Over Provision In Endorsement

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In a dispute between First Mutual, a ceding company, and its reinsurer, Infrassure, over which of two competing arbitration clauses in a reinsurance contract governed, the Second Circuit affirmed a lower court decision in...more

Third Circuit Reverses Order Denying Arbitration, Ruling That State Law Prohibiting Arbitration Of Insurance Matters Challenged...

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Applied Underwriters Captive Risk Assurance Company appealed from the denial of its motion to compel arbitration in a dispute related to a reinsurance participation contract with South Jersey Sanitation Company. The trial...more

Seventh Circuit Upholds Denial Of Motion To Compel Arbitration

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Applying Wisconsin law, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals determined the parties did not have an agreement to arbitrate because, even though their excess/reinsurance agreement contained “follow form” language, and the...more

No Thanksgiving Vacation for This Arbitration Award

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A New York Federal Court recently rejected a cedant’s request to vacate an arbitration award on the grounds that it was in manifest disregard of the law or because the umpire failed to disclose his prior representation of...more

Court Compels Arbitration To Determine The Arbitrability Of Reinsurance Dispute With Captive Insurance Company

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In a suit by an auto body company against a captive insurance company for rescission of certain workers compensation reinsurance participation agreements, for disgorgement of $70,000 paid thereunder, and for fraud, breach of...more

Seventh Circuit Determines that Service-of-Suit Clauses Can Waive Statutory Right of Removal

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Pine Top Receivables has returned to the published opinions of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. We previously wrote about Pine Top’s successful attempt to compel arbitration with a Uruguayan company and the...more

Seventh Circuit Affirms Service Of Suit Clause In Reinsurance Treaties And Grants Cedent Absolute Right To Select Forum

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Based on the plain and ordinary meaning of the service of suit clause, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals found a reinsurer waived its right of removal. The service of suit clause provided...more

7th Circuit: Service of Suit Clause Resulted In Reinsurer’s Waiver Of The Right To Removal And Granted Cedent The Right To Choose...

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The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit recently affirmed a district court’s decision remanding a reinsurance dispute to state court because the language of the service of suit provision in the reinsurance treaties...more

Ex Parte Communications Between Reinsurer’s Attorney And Party-Appointed Arbitrator Lead To Vacatur Of Award

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The Sixth Circuit recently held that a lower court erred by refusing to vacate an arbitration panel’s interim and final awards due to ex parte communications between one of the arbitrators and the attorney for the appellee,...more

District Of Arizona Awards Broad Fee Award Where There Were Competing Motions To Confirm Arbitral Award

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On March 31, 2016, we wrote regarding an arbitration confirmation fight between the Scottsdale Insurance Company (“Scottsdale”) and the John Deere Insurance Company (“John Deere”) in a reinsurance dispute relating to whether...more

Treaty Tip: Is it an Insurance Policy or a Reinsurance Agreement?

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Whether a risk shifting agreement is an insurance policy or a reinsurance agreement may have important consequences. For example, many states prohibit the mandatory arbitration of disputes arising out of insurance policies,...more

District Court Of Nebraska Determines Non-Signatory Of Arbitration Agreement Is Not Bound To Arbitrate

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A signatory may bind a non-signatory to an arbitration agreement through principles of contract and agency law such as: (1) incorporation by reference; (2) assumption; (3) agency; (4) veil-piercing/alter-ego; and (5)...more

Massachusetts Federal Court Rejects Pre-Award Challenge To Party-Appointed Arbitrator

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In a recent reinsurance case, a Massachusetts federal court denied a pre-award petition of a cedent to remove the reinsurer’s party-appointed arbitrator, finding that the Federal Arbitration Act (the “FAA”) did not authorize...more

Q&A on SCOTUS and Arbitration

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Q: Why has the Supreme Court of the United States taken more cases involving disputes over arbitration over the past decade or so and what does it mean for the insurance and reinsurance industry? Arbitration law used to...more

Reinsurer “Access to Records” and “Common Interest” – Permitting Access and Preserving Privilege

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An integral part of the relationship between the reinsurer and cedant is that the reinsurer be permitted access to the ceding company’s books and records. A cedant, however, may face the dilemma of risking waiver of privilege...more

Court Confirms Arbitration Award Relating To Three Arbitration Agreements And Orders Certain Documents Unsealed

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The court confirmed a final arbitration award in favor of the Petitioner, Employers Insurance Company of Wausau (“Wausau”), pursuant to Section 9 of the Federal Arbitration Action (FAA). Wausau and Ace Property and Casualty...more

Arbitrator, Not Court, Must Determine Arbitrability Of Dispute Under Reinsurance Participation Agreement

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Adopting in part a magistrate judge’s recommendation, a federal court in Maine recently held that the enforceability of an arbitration clause in a reinsurance agreement must be determined by an arbitrator, as opposed to a...more

New York Federal Court Considers Procedural Attacks To Arbitration Confirmation Proceedings

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Late last month, a federal district court in New York tackled procedural challenges to an arbitration confirmation proceeding. The arbitration arose from a dispute between an insurer and its reinsurer over the amount due to...more

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