Reinsurance Arbitration

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

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

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

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...

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

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

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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

New York Federal Court Addresses Umpire’s “Pre-Selection” Disclosure Obligations In Reinsurance Dispute

In a dispute arising out of a series of contentious reinsurance arbitrations over a seven-year period between National Indemnity Company (“NICO”) and IRB Brasil Ressegurous S.A., the court confirmed three awards issued by an...more

Court Denies Motion To Stay Further Reinsurance Arbitration Pending Appeal Concerning Initial Arbitration

At the end of January, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan denied a motion to stay arbitration pending appeal. The case involves a reinsurance dispute between National Union Fire Insurance...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

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

Court Denies Counsel’s Attempt To Use Confidential Documents Obtained In Reinsurance Arbitration In Separate Litigation

A reinsurer that was engaged in a London arbitration against a captive insurer of a defense contractor for the U.S. Navy had obtained documents from the Navy subject to a an agreed confidentiality protective order limiting...more

Federal Court Allows Sealing Of A Petition Seeking Confirmation Of Arbitral Award

On August 14, 2015, a federal district court in New York entered an order allowing a petition to confirm an arbitration award to be filed in redacted form with the arbitration award to be filed under seal. The case is pending...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

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

Court Confirms Reinsurance Arbitration Award Without Objection

A federal district court has entered judgment confirming an arbitration award entered in favor of Employers Insurance Company of Wausau against Continental Casualty. The dispute arose out of a certificate of casualty...more

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