RALEIGH, N.C. — Two wealth management firms with interests in a loan agreement on Jan. 4 filed separate replies in a North Carolina federal court defending their motions to dismiss a lawsuit brought by two insurers in rehabilitation seeking $12.5 million under the loan agreement after the insurers opposed their motion.
RALEIGH, N.C. — A federal judge in North Carolina on Feb. 10 granted North Carolina Insurance Guaranty Association’s (NCIGA) motion to remand its declaratory judgment lawsuit seeking further administration and payment of seven workers' compensation insurance claims from two insurers, finding that the weight of authority holds that remand is necessary because NCIGA is an unincorporated association whose citizenship is that of its members.
WILMINGTON, Del. — A Delaware judge on Feb. 4 granted equity investors’ motion to compel defendants to produce documents and responses to interrogatories in a dispute regarding alleged misconduct that caused injury to an insurer in liquidation.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Parties involved in a dispute arising from a $750,000 truck crash judgment jointly moved for approval of a settlement on Feb. 5, specifically seeking a finding that the settlement does not violate an injunction issued in a Nevada liquidation court and the insolvent insurer is not entitled to recoup any settlement funds paid.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Citing recent occurrences and circumstances, the liquidator of ReliaMax Surety Co. (RSC) on Feb. 2 moved to amend his amended complaint seeking a declaratory judgment that coverage exists under a claims-made excess insurance policy above a directors and officers (D&O) policy with regard to a $21 million wrongful acts claim.
RICHMOND, Va. — The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers on Jan. 28 filed an amicus curiae brief in the Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, contending that a district court erred in instructing a jury on a disputed element of a charge in a $2 million bribery scheme case that resulted in convictions against a multinational insurance and reinsurance management company’s founder and a company consultant.
SAVANNAH, Ga. — An insured on Jan. 27 answered a commercial auto insurer’s amended complaint seeking a declaration that there is no coverage for the insured, its owners and one of its employees for an underlying $112,466.57 personal injury default judgment after a federal magistrate judge in Georgia lifted the stay on the declaratory judgment action following a status report that indicated that the insurer’s appointed liquidator authorized the lawsuit.
RALEIGH, N.C. — The North Carolina Insurance Guaranty Association (NCIGA) has no standing, and a North Carolina federal court has no jurisdiction over a case seeking an interpretation of the provisions in a Medicare Secondary Payer (MSP) statute, the acting secretary of Health and Human Services and federal agencies argue in a Jan. 28 motion to dismiss.
NEW YORK — The Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals said on Jan. 28 that a hedge fund receiver withdrew her appeal of a ruling that an investment holding company did not aid and abet fraud with three investment management agreements (IMAs) involving a reinsurer, its related entities and Senior Health Insurance Company of Pennsylvania (SHIP).
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Louisiana Rehabilitation, Liquidation and Conservation Act, including its post-receivership venue provision, “regulates the business of insurance and prohibits the enforcement of any private forum selection clause,” including an arbitration clause at issue in a professional negligence suit against an actuarial services company, that “frustrates state insurance law,” the Louisiana insurance commissioner argues to the U.S. Supreme Court in a Jan. 27 opposition brief.
CHICAGO — An Illinois federal court should dismiss the Illinois Insurance Guaranty Fund’s (IIGF) suit seeking an interpretation of the federal Medicare Secondary Payer (MSP) statute, the acting secretary of Health and Human Services argues in a Jan. 22 motion, because the IIGF’s suit is “untethered to allegations of injury, and so it lacks standing to sue.”
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Court of Federal Claims has jurisdiction to decide claims seeking setoffs of debts against risk-corridor liabilities owed to insolvent health insurers under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) risk corridor, the U.S. government argues in a Jan. 22 opposition brief to a motion to dismiss, also noting its authority to recover interest owed on ACA debts.
WILMINGTON, Del. — The trustee for Scottish Holdings Inc. (SHI) and one of its subsidiaries filed separate motions on Jan. 22 requesting a Delaware bankruptcy judge’s approval of two settlements worth more than $26 million reached with beneficiaries of a trust agreement and a reinsurance agreement.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — In a dispute over attorney fees, an insured in a Dec. 23 brief seeks Florida Supreme Court review of a lower appellate court’s decision that the Florida Insurance Guaranty Association Inc. (FIGA) is not responsible under a Florida statute for the fees because it never denied the insured’s hurricane damage claim before the insured pursued litigation.
NEW YORK — A New York justice asked interested parties on Dec. 8 to provide reasons on why she should not close the liquidation proceeding for Professional Liability Insurance Company of America (PLICA) as requested by the liquidator.
AUSTIN, Texas — A Texas judge on Dec. 14 converted ACCC Insurance Co.’s rehabilitation proceedings into a liquidation and appointed the state’s insurance commissioner as liquidator.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — An excess insurer argues in a Jan. 19 opposition brief that a South Dakota federal court should deny summary judgment to the liquidator of ReliaMax Surety Co. (RSC) on his declaratory judgment claim that coverage exists under a claims-made excess insurance policy above a directors and officers (D&O) policy with regard to a $21 million wrongful acts claim.
HARRISBURG, Pa. — Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf and the state’s General Assembly filed notices of appeal Jan. 20 to the Third Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on a ruling that parts of recent Pennsylvania legislation is unconstitutional because it forces the Pennsylvania Professional Liability Joint Underwriting Association (JUA) to use state funding and lawyers.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Applied Underwriters Inc. and a subsidiary filed an amended complaint on Dec. 14 in California federal court, alleging that the state’s insurance commissioner and deputies violated their constitutional rights and acted in bad faith by filing a conservatorship against a workers’ compensation insurer that is party to a reinsurance participation agreement (RPA).
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California Insurance Co. (CIC) says in a Jan. 6 California federal court complaint that the state’s insurance commissioner and his department unlawfully obtained a conservatorship and obstructed a merger that would have had CIC re-domesticate from California to New Mexico.