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Reinsurance Arbitration

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

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

Fourth Circuit Reverses Ruling That Reinsurance Agreement Is An “Insurance Contract” Under Virginia Law

by Carlton Fields on

Applying the doctrine of judicial estoppel, a district court refused to compel arbitration finding that the arbitration clause in a reinsurance agreement was unenforceable under a Virginia statute that voided a mandatory...more

Ninth Circuit Finds Plaintiff Entitled To Trial On Issue Of Whether An Arbitration Agreement Was Executed

by Carlton Fields on

Defendant provided the district court with copies of two contracts – a Reinsurance Participation Agreement and a Request to Bind – that were purportedly signed by Plaintiff’s CEO and contained arbitration clauses....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

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

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

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

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

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

by Carlton Fields on

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

by Carlton Fields on

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...

by Carlton Fields on

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

by Carlton Fields on

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

by Carlton Fields on

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...

by Carlton Fields on

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

by Carlton Fields on

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

by Locke Lord LLP on

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

by Carlton Fields on

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

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

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

by Carlton Fields on

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...

by Locke Lord LLP on

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

by Carlton Fields on

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

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