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Chris Lazarini Analyzes "Common and Usual Meaning" Interpretation of Insurance Contracts

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Chris Lazarini analyzed a case in which UBS Puerto Rico sought to overcome its insurance carriers' refusal to defend and provide coverage for two civil actions, settlements with the SEC and FINRA...more

Ninth Circuit Reaffirms That Washington State’s Prohibition Of Arbitration Clauses In Insurance Contracts Reverse-Preempts FAA

by Carlton Fields on

This case concerned a coverage dispute between Technical Security Integration Inc. and its insurer, Philadelphia Indemnity. The District Court for the District of Oregon denied Philadelphia Indemnity’s motion to compel...more

Ninth Circuit Enforces Marine Insurance Arbitration Clause in Yacht Policy

by Lane Powell PC on

Maritime law is a federal body of substantive law that governs many aspects of disputes falling under the admiralty jurisdiction of the federal courts. But maritime law does not address all issues that could arise in the...more

Court Enforces Arbitration Award, Finds Reinsurer Must Pay Settlement Between Retrocessionaire And Policyholder

by Carlton Fields on

Granting a motion to enforce an arbitration award, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York has held that a reinsurer is liable for a $5 million settlement entered into between a policyholder and the...more

Insurance Receiver’s Preemption Argument Under Mccarran-Ferguson Fails To Avoid Arbitration Of Reinsurance Dispute

by Carlton Fields on

The receiver for Gramercy Insurance Company sought to avoid arbitration of a reinsurance dispute with Contractor’s Bonding, Ltd., by arguing the FAA was reverse preempted under the McCarran-Ferguson Act....more

Ninth Circuit Finds Arbitration Clause Showed Clear And Unmistakable Intent To Resolve Arbitrability Questions By Arbitration

by Carlton Fields on

Finding Montana law was inapplicable to the subject insurance policy under both federal maritime choice-of-law principles and the policy language, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals determined that an arbitration clause was...more

California Court Considers Enforceability Of Arbitration Clause In Reinsurance Related Agreement Applying Nebraska Law

by Carlton Fields on

In a case involving a reinsurance participation agreement (RPA), a California trial court has examined the interplay between two seemingly irreconcilable contract provisions: one that provided for the arbitration of any...more

Missouri Court Finds Insurance Contract’s Arbitration Clause Unenforceable As Against Public Policy

by Carlton Fields on

This case arose from an accident at the General Motors plant in Kansas City, Kansas, where an electrician employed by Capital Electric Construction Company, Inc. was severely injured due to negligence by Solaris Power...more

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

by Carlton Fields on

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

by Carlton Fields on

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

Blog: High Court Confirms Position On Qualifications Of Arbitrators

by Cooley LLP on

In Tonicstar Limited v Allianz Insurance PLC & Ors [2017] EWHC 2753 (Comm) Mr Justice Teare confirmed that where an arbitration clause specifies that the arbitrators should have “experience of insurance or reinsurance”, it...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

by Carlton Fields on

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

Alabama Federal Court Finds Cedent Did Not Waive Arbitration, And Orders Reinsurance Dispute To Be Arbitrated

by Carlton Fields on

Alabama Municipal Insurance Corp. (“AMIC”), an Alabama non-profit public insurer, brought suit in Alabama federal court against Munich Reinsurance America Inc. (“Munich Re”), alleging breach of a reinsurance contract for...more

Real Property & Title Insurance Update: Weeks Ending September 8 & 15, 2017

by Carlton Fields on

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - Summary judgment: trial court erred by denying borrower’s motion to amend answer and defenses, and therefore erred in entering summary judgment in favor of lender. Reyes v BAC Home Loans Servicing...more

First Circuit Upholds Arbitrator’s Denial Of Arbitrability Of Reinsurance Agreement, Finding No Manifest Disregard Of The Law

by Carlton Fields on

Mountain Valley Property, Inc (MVP) entered into a three-year reinsurance participation agreement with Applied Underwriters Captive Risk Assurance Co. Inc. (AUCRA), which contained a mandatory arbitration clause as well as a...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

Court Favors Candidate’s Experience In Selecting Umpire For Insurance Arbitration

by Carlton Fields on

The court was petitioned to appoint an umpire when the arbitrators appointed by the litigants – an insurer and certain insureds – failed to do so. The insureds opposed the petition, arguing that the party arbitrators should...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

Court Declines To Determine Whether Reinsurance Syndicate For Which A Company Fronted Should Be Involved In An Arbitration

by Carlton Fields on

The parties in this case presented to a court the issue of whether a reinsurance syndicate for which Federal Insurance acted as “a front” was a real party in interest and should be involved in an arbitration between Federal...more

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