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Missouri Court Holds Arbitration Clause In Insurance Contract Unenforceable As Against Public Policy And Under Governing Law

by Carlton Fields on

A Missouri district court recently held a mandatory arbitration provision was unenforceable in an insurance coverage dispute after an electrician was injured on the job and won an uncontested judgment in state court against...more

Insurer’s Attempt To Shield Documents From Discovery Through Assertion Of The Mediation Privilege And A Relevancy Objection Is...

by Carlton Fields on

In a breach of contract and bad faith case emanating from an insurer’s refusal to settle an underlying case within policy limits, the insurer was unsuccessful in its attempt to protect documents from discovery by assertion of...more

NEBRASKA: A Good Home for Berkshire Hathaway, but not for Reinsurance Agreements

by Locke Lord LLP on

A Cornhusker by birth, I’ve always had a special affinity for Nebraska, and particularly Omaha, where I was raised. My only regret is that I was neither old nor rich enough to participate in Mr.Buffet’s original partnership....more

Court Finds State Law Barring Insurance Arbitrations Reverse-Preempts Federal Arbitration Act

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The case involved a dispute between the parties to a Reinsurance Participation Agreement (RPA). Defendants moved to compel arbitration, citing the Federal Arbitration Act and a provision in the RPA agreeing to resolve “[a]ll...more

Court Enforces Exclusion of Products Claims From Intercompany Arbitration Agreement

In State Farm General Insurance Co. v. Watts Regulator Co. (No. B271236, filed 11/30/17), a California appeals court held that a manufacturer could not compel intercompany arbitration of an insurer’s subrogation claim,...more

Long-Time Reinsurance Attorney Ruled Not Qualified To Arbitrate 9/11 World Trade Center Reinsurance Dispute

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An attorney with “considerably more than ten years’ experience of insurance and reinsurance law” has been deemed unqualified to arbitrate a reinsurance dispute stemming from the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack on the...more

Getting the Arbitrator Right

by Reed Smith on

This week the Commercial Court handed down judgment in Tonicstar Limited v (1) Allianz Insurance PLC; (2) Sirius International Insurance Corporation ( PUBL) (London Branch) [2017] EWHC 2753, a matter where the question was...more

Court Compels Discovery, Awards Sanctions In Dispute Over Whether Reinsurance Arbitration Clause Applies

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In 2011, Top’s Personnel entered into a reinsurance agreement with Applied Underwriters Captive Risk Assurance Company (“AUCRA”), and several years later executed a promissory note (“the Note”) in favor of a related entity,...more

Procedural Provision Of FAA Inapplicable In California State Court Action When Arbitration Agreement Is Silent On Choice Of Law Or...

by Carlton Fields on

A California appellate court has upheld an order denying a motion to compel arbitration due to the possibility of conflicting rules, finding that, when a contract is silent on choice of law, California procedural rules, not...more

Ripeness: A Question of Subject Matter Jurisdiction - Allied World Surplus Lines Insurance Company v. Blue Cross and Blue Shield...

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

Addressing a contractual requirement to exhaust Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) prior to commencing litigation, the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina chose to forge its own path, rejecting...more

Mobile App Terms and Conditions Decision Clarifies Best Practices in App Designs to Support Enforcement of Contract Provisions

The Second Circuit issued a decision of interest to every company that utilizes a mobile app to interact with its customers. In Meyer v. Kalanick, the court enforced the mandatory arbitration provision in the Uber app. The...more

Connecticut Supreme Court Reaffirms Court’s Limited Power To Review Appraisal Awards

The Connecticut Supreme Court recently handed down an important decision reiterating the high bar to overturning arbitration awards while, at the same time, clarifying a portion of the applicable statute providing for...more

New York Appellate Court Sides Against The Second Circuit And Holds Class Action Waivers Violate The NLRA

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Plaintiffs, former insurance agents for defendants New York Life Insurance Company and its related companies, brought a putative class action seeking recovery for allegedly illegal wage deductions and violations of overtime...more

Court Compels Arbitration Of Non-Signatory Party Seeking To Recoup Damages Flowing From Contract Containing Arbitration Clause

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A federal district court has required Scottsdale Insurance Company to arbitrate a claim against Kinsale Insurance Company based on an arbitration clause in a contract between Kinsale and its insured – a contract to which...more

Court Declines to Order Arbitration of Bad Faith Case, Applying California Over Federal Law

In Los Angeles Unified Sch. Dist. v. Safety National Casualty Corp. (No. B275597, filed 7/12/17), (“LA Unified”), a California appeals court held that a California state court has the discretion under state law to refuse...more

Court Finds California Insurance Code Section 11658.5 Reverse-Preempts Section 4 Of The FAA

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National Union Fire Insurance Company of Pittsburgh, PA provided Seneca Family of Agencies with workers’ compensation and employers’ liability insurance for Seneca’s operations in California from 2004 to 2013. The parties...more

Court Confirms Interim Arbitration Award Requiring Posting Of Pre-Hearing Security

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Respondent moved for an immediate stay of an arbitration of claims relating to the purchase of insurance and to vacate the panel’s interim award requiring the posting of pre-hearing security.  Petitioner moved to confirm the...more

Bankruptcy Court Requires An MF Global Holdings Bermuda Reinsurer To Post $15 Million Bond Before Deciding Motion To Compel...

by Carlton Fields on

In the most recent decision in an ongoing dispute between MF Global Holdings Ltd. and its (re)insurers, the Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York ordered Allied World to post a $15 million bond before the...more

Know Your Options When Your Insurer “Low-Balls” Your Uninsured Motorist Claim!

Woodland Hills personal injury attorney Barry P. Goldberg loves handling Uninsured Motorist claims because it is one of the few circumstances where the insured has leverage over his or her insurance company. Barry definitely...more

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

Arbitration Options Put Global Insurers In The Driver Seat

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Globalization of the insurance market has seen an increase in the use and enforcement of international arbitration agreements in insurance policies. When tragedy strikes or loss occurs, insurers have a variety of options to...more

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

by Carlton Fields on

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

Louisiana Federal Court Finds Removal Proper As Dispute Could Relate To An Underlying Arbitration Clause In Insurance Policy

by Carlton Fields on

In this case, a Louisiana federal court denied a motion for remand of a former machinist’s asbestos-related claim, finding that an English insurer’s removal from state court was appropriate and that the dispute could relate...more

Pre-Trial Proceedings Swirling in Latin America: Claim Resolution Facilitation or Additional Pre-Suit Condition

by Zelle LLP on

Pre-suit proceedings have become increasingly popular in Latin American jurisdictions. These proceedings economize on cost, time and resources making it a more attractive venue for resolving disputes. As a result, knowledge...more

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