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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

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

by Carlton Fields on

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

by Carlton Fields on

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

Ninth Circuit Finds Incorporation Of ICC Rules Into Arbitration Agreement Constitutes Clear And Unmistakable Evidence Of...

by Carlton Fields on

In a case involving three related contracts, only one of which contained an arbitration agreement, the Ninth Circuit has held that incorporation of the rules of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) into an arbitration...more

ARIAS Certified Arbitrators: One Size Does Not Fit All

by Locke Lord LLP on

The Board of Directors for the AIDA Reinsurance and Insurance Arbitration Society (“ARIAS”) has been considering increasing ARIAS’ reach by expanding membership to brokers and policyholders. This is only in the exploratory...more

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

by Carlton Fields on

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

by Carlton Fields on

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

Resolving Disputes Regarding Value of the Loss through the Appraisal Process

by Hellmuth & Johnson PLLC on

With an increase in storm damage events throughout the Midwest, insurers are becoming increasingly frugal when adjusting storm damage losses. In the past, disputes regarding the value of the loss typically involved...more

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

by Carlton Fields on

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

by Carlton Fields on

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

Michigan Supreme Court Holds That an Insurer’s Untimely Payment of Underinsured Motorist Benefits is Subject To Penalty Interest...

by Dickinson Wright on

The Michigan Uniform Trade Practices Act (UTPA) provides for 12% penalty interest on certain no-fault insurance claims that are not timely paid by the insurer. For “third party tort claimants,” penalty interest only applies...more

Arbitration Options Put Global Insurers In The Driver Seat

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

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

Texas Court Finds Policy Contained Delegation Clause Requiring Arbitration Under English Law

by Carlton Fields on

A Texas federal court addressed a dispute as to whether the insurance policy at issue contained an arbitration agreement and whether it required arbitration of the particular claim. Looking at the “Law and Practice” provision...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

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