Mealey's Insurance Insolvency

  • April 25, 2018

    Insurer’s Liquidator Seeks Approval Of Determinations For Guaranty Associations

    HARRISBURG, Pa. — The liquidator for Reliance Insurance Co. on April 17 filed an application with a Pennsylvania trial court requesting approval of her recommendation on final guaranty association (GA) omnibus notices of determination (NODs) (In re:  Reliance Insurance Co. in liquidation, No. 1 REL 2001, Pa. Cmwlth.).

  • April 25, 2018

    Panel Upholds $800,000 Judgment Against Florida Insurance Guaranty Association

    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — An $800,000 judgment against the Florida Insurance Guaranty Association Inc. (FIGA) in a hurricane coverage dispute was affirmed on March 8 by a Florida appeals panel (Florida Insurance Guaranty Association Inc. v. Environ Condominium II Association Inc., No. 4D17-353, Fla. App., 4th Dist., 2018 Fla. App. LEXIS 3473).

  • April 25, 2018

    Justice Seeks Objections To Receiver’s Adjudication Procedure Of Claims

    NEW YORK — A New York justice on April 12 ordered parties interested in Lincoln General Insurance Co.’s ancillary receivership proceeding to show cause for any objections to an ancillary receiver’s adjudication procedure and appointment of a referee to oversee objections to denied claims (In re  Lincoln General Insurance Co., No. 450003/2016, N.Y. Sup., New York Co.).

  • April 24, 2018

    Justice Asks For Cause Why Medical Insurer Should Not Be Placed In Liquidation

    WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — A New York trial justice ordered parties on April 9 to show cause why Touchstone Health HMO Inc. should not be placed into liquidation (In re Touchstone Health HMO Inc., No. 54964/2018, N.Y. Sup., New York Co.).

  • April 24, 2018

    Judge Confirms Receiver’s Denial Of Claims In Insurer’s Liquidation Proceeding

    OKLAHOMA CITY — An Oklahoma judge on April 20 approved the state insurance commissioner’s recommendation denying claims in the liquidation of Pride National Insurance Co. (Oklahoma v. Pride National Insurance Co., No. CJ-2013-1448, Okla. Dist., Okla. Co.).

  • April 24, 2018

    Federal Judge Dismisses Personal Injury Case Between Injured Driver, Auto Insurer

    SAN FRANCISCO — Noting that the parties resolved the case, a California federal judge on April 3 dismissed a coverage dispute between an injured driver and her auto insurer for personal injuries from an accident, a week after the parties wrote to him on whether an at-fault driver’s insurer was insolvent within a timeframe for the injured to qualify as an underinsured motorist (Monique Arreola v. MAPFRE Insurance Co., No. 17-05642, N.D. Calif.).

  • April 18, 2018

    Bank Opposes Bid To Add Civil Conspiracy Claim Over Reinsurance Handling

    COLUMBIA, S.C. — A bank being sued for its role as trustee of a reinsurance trust for an insolvent insurer argues on April 16 that a South Carolina federal court should decline to allow the insolvent insurer to amend its complaint to add a civil conspiracy claim (Accident Insurance Company Inc. v. U.S. Bank National Association, et al., No. 16-2621, D. S.C.).

  • April 17, 2018

    Woman Sues New Jersey Insurance Guaranty Association For Personal Injuries

    NEWARK, N.J. — A New Jersey woman filed a personal injury lawsuit April 13 in a New Jersey trial court against the state’s insurance guaranty association for damages caused when an unidentified vehicle struck her while she was crossing the street (Anita Strickland v. New Jersey Property Liability Guaranty Association, et al., No. ESX-L-002649-18, N.J. Super., Essex Co.).

  • April 16, 2018

    North Carolina High Court Denies Review In Workers’ Compensation Dispute

    RALEIGH, N.C. — The North Carolina Supreme Court on April 5 declined to review a ruling that the bar date and the statute of repose under North Carolina law do not violate the North Carolina or U.S. constitutions, “either facially or as applied” to a claimant filing a workers’ compensation claim with the North Carolina Insurance Guaranty Association (NCIGA) (Thelma Bonner Booth, et al. v. Hackney Acquisition Co., et al., No. 402P17, N.C. Sup., 2018 N.C. LEXIS 269).

  • April 16, 2018

    New York Justice: Reinsurance Contracts Capped For Cedent’s Asbestos Losses

    ROME, N.Y. — A New York justice on March 7 ruled that a cedent is not entitled to asbestos loss and expenses beyond the stated coverage amount set forth in reinsurance certificates issued by members of a reinsurance pool (Utica Mutual Insurance Co. v. Abeille General Insurance Co., et al., No. CA2013-002320, N.Y. Sup., Oneida Co.).

  • April 13, 2018

    Texas Trial Judge Orders Access Insurance Company Into Liquidation

    AUSTIN, Texas — Access Insurance Co. was ordered into liquidation on March 13 by a Texas trial judge, and the Texas insurance commissioner was named liquidator (The Texas Department of Insurance v. Access Insurance Co., No. D-1-CN-18-001285, Texas Dist., Travis Co., 261st Jud.).

  • April 13, 2018

    Federal Judge Dismisses Insolvent Health Insurer’s Suit Against United States

    LAS VEGAS — A Nevada federal judge on March 30 dismissed a defunct health insurer’s case for lack of subject matter jurisdiction because the monetary relief sought against the United States is available through the Court of Federal Claims (Barbara D. Richardson v. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, et al., No. 17-775, D. Nev., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 54065).

  • April 13, 2018

    Bank Seeks Reimbursement From Insolvent Insurer For $2.5M Posted Collateral

    LOS ANGELES — A bank sued the liquidator of an insolvent medical professional liability insurer on April 4 in a California federal court, seeking reimbursement under a letter of credit issued to the insurer to stay enforcement of an underlying $2.5 million medical malpractice judgment (MUFG Union Bank, N.A. v. Steven C. Taylor, No. 18-02772, C.D. Calif.).

  • April 12, 2018

    Panel: City Is Not Entitled To Settlement Proceeds Paid By Insurance Guaranty Fund

    CHICAGO — The city of Chicago, as a self-insured workers’ compensation carrier, is barred from asserting a subrogation claim against an employee’s third-party settlement proceeds paid by the Illinois Guaranty Fund on behalf of an insolvent insurer, an Illinois appeals panel held March 28 (Darryl L. Heard v. Chicago, No. 1-17-1076, Ill. App., 1st Dist., 3rd Div., 2018 Ill. App. Unpub. LEXIS 513).

  • April 10, 2018

    Bank Opposes Dismissal Of Idaho Insurance Guaranty Association In Coverage Suit

    BOISE, Idaho — A trust bank argues in an April 5 brief in Idaho federal court that the Idaho Insurance Guaranty Association (IIGA) is not an indispensable party to a lawsuit brought against an insolvent insurer (Idaho Trust Bank v. BancInsure Inc., et al., No. 12-00032, D. Idaho).

  • April 9, 2018

    Insurer’s Liquidator Proposes Amended Discovery Plan In Breach Of Contract Dispute

    NEW YORK — In a dispute over reinsurance proceeds allegedly owed to an insolvent insurer, a liquidator wrote to the New York federal court on April 4, proposing an amended phase one civil case discovery plan and scheduling order (Roger A. Sevigny v. Trygvesta Forsikring A/S, Trygvesta Forsikring A/S v. Cerberus Holding Company LLC, No. 16-04874, S.D. N.Y.).

  • April 5, 2018

    Judge Sets Deadline For Objections To Insolvent Insurer’s Claims Evaluation

    OKLAHOMA CITY — An Oklahoma judge on March 8 established a deadline for objections to the state insurance commissioner’s recommendation for claims in the liquidation of Pride National Insurance Co. (Oklahoma v. Pride National Insurance Co., No. CJ-2013-1448, Okla. Dist., Okla. Co.).

  • April 4, 2018

    Insolvent Insurer Seeks To Add Civil Conspiracy Claim Over Reinsurance Handling

    COLUMBIA, S.C. — An insolvent insurer on April 2 filed a motion asking a South Carolina federal court for permission to file a first amended complaint to add a civil conspiracy against a bank for its role as trustee of a reinsurance trust for the insolvent insurer (Accident Insurance Company Inc. v. U.S. Bank National Association, et al., No. 16-2621, D. S.C.).

  • March 30, 2018

    Parties Address Insurer’s Insolvency For Personal Injury Coverage Dispute

    SAN FRANCISCO — In a coverage dispute for personal injuries from an accident, an injured driver and her auto insurer submitted letters to a California federal court on March 28 on whether the at-fault driver’s insurer was insolvent within a timeframe for the injured to qualify as an underinsured motorist (Monique Arreola v. MAPFRE Insurance Co., No. 17-05642, N.D. Calif.).

  • March 29, 2018

    Enforcement Of Medical Malpractice Settlement Against Insolvent Insurer Stayed

    NEW YORK — Citing a liquidation order’s injunction of actions or settlements against an insolvent insurer, a New York justice on March 26 stayed a lawsuit seeking to enforce a $275,000 medical malpractice settlement against the insurer (Fani Leon, et al. v. Michael Waldman, M.D., et al., No. 805271-2014, N.Y. Sup., New York Co., 2018 N.Y. Misc. LEXIS 945).