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Mealey's Insurance Pleadings

  • February 1, 2019

    Reinsurer Seeks Partial Dismissal Of Run-Off Insurer’s $320M Mismanagement Case

    NEW YORK — A reinsurer and its entities argue in a Jan. 29 reply brief that a run-off insurer fails to assert claims for breach of fiduciary duty and fraud in a New York federal court dispute over the alleged mismanagement and misuse of $320 million (Senior Health Insurance Company of Pennsylvania v. Beechwood Re Ltd., et al., No. 18-6658, S.D. N.Y.).

  • January 31, 2019

    Funeral Insurers’ Receiver Says Bank Committed Breaches As Funds’ Trustee

    ST. LOUIS — In a Missouri federal court case over the mishandling of insolvent funeral insurers’ funds, a special deputy receiver and state insurance guaranty associations say in a Jan. 28 response that a bank “committed multiple and systemic breaches of trust throughout its six-year tenure as trustee” (Jo Ann Howard & Associates P.C., et al. v. J. Douglas Cassity, et al., No. 09-01252, E.D. Mo.).

  • January 30, 2019

    Reinsurer Says Breach Of Contract, Unjust Enrichment Claims Fail In Federal Court

    MIAMI — A reinsurer in a Jan. 29 motion seeks to dismiss breach of contract, civil theft and unjust enrichment claims filed in a Florida federal court against it in a dispute also involving the government of the Republic of Nicaragua and a Nicaraguan insurer regarding a fire loss (Farouk Morales v. The Government of the Republic of Nicaragua, et al., No. 18-24301, S.D. Fla.).

  • January 30, 2019

    Trial Briefs Submitted In Reinsurance Coverage Case Over Mine Damages

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — In a reinsurance coverage dispute over payment for mine subsidence damages, parties on Jan. 25 filed their proposed findings of fact and conclusions of law ahead of a scheduled bench trial in an Illinois federal court (Illinois Mine Subsidence Insurance Fund v. Union Pacific Railroad Co., No. 17-3199, C.D. Ill., 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 7355).

  • January 30, 2019

    Heirs Say Insurer Received Too Big A Cut Of Wrongful Death Settlement

    SAN DIEGO — A trial court improperly apportioned a settlement between heirs and a workers’ compensation insurer without considering which claims the agreement resolved or the employer’s liability, the heirs told a California appeals court on Dec. 26 (Nancy Merris Dufresne, et al. v. Gryphon Aircraft Services LLC, et al., No. E071199, Calif. App., 4th Cir.).

  • January 30, 2019

    Insurer Tells Texas Panel Judge Erred By Not Severing Claims

    TYLER, Texas — An insurance company tells a Texas appeals court in a Sept. 13 appellant brief that it should be awarded a new trial because a trial court judge erred when not severing an insured’s extracontractual claims from her claim seeking benefits under the underinsured motorist (UIM) provisions of her policy (American National County Mutual Insurance Co. v. Tina Holland, No. 12-18-00141-CV, Texas App., 12th Dist.).

  • January 29, 2019

    Parties Dispute Whether Insurer Had Liability To Fund Backdating Settlement

    PASADENA, Calif. — An education group and an insurer recently submitted arguments in the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, disputing whether a district court’s order holding that the insurer was not obligated to fund a settlement reached in underlying backdating litigation should be overturned (Apollo Education Group Inc. v. National Union Fire Insurance Co. of Pittsburgh Pa., No. 17-17293, 9th Cir.).

  • January 28, 2019

    Court Erred Dismissing Suit For Lack Of Jurisdiction, Fracking Company Says

    NEW ORLEANS — A company that conducted fracking operations on an insured’s facility has asked the Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals to reverse a lower court’s dismissal of its allegations that a site pollution legal liability insurer committed breach of contract by seeking indemnity for the $12 million the insurer paid to the insured for environmental damage caused by a June 2014 explosion (Halliburton Energy Services Inc. v. Ironshore Specialty Insurance Co., No. 17-20678 consolidated with No. 18-20239, 5th Cir.).

  • January 28, 2019

    Reinsurers Seek Dismissal Of Breach Of Implied Contract, Unjust Enrichment Claims

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — In a dispute over a $26 million arbitration award, reinsurers in a Jan. 23 motion seek to dismiss a financial service company’s amended complaint asserting breach of an implied-in-fact contract, promissory estoppel and unjust enrichment claims in a District of Columbia federal court (Vantage Commodities Financial Services I, LLC v. Assured Risk Transfer PCC, LCC, et al., No. 17-01451, D. D.C., 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 8059).

  • January 25, 2019

    Testimony Sought To Be Barred In Case Over Trustee’s Role For Insolvent Insurer

    COLUMBIA, S.C. — A bank sued for its role as trustee of a reinsurance trust for an insolvent insurer argues in Jan. 22 reply briefs that a South Carolina federal court should exclude undisclosed expert and damages testimony, a liability expert and evidence related to government investigations (Accident Insurance Company Inc. v. U.S. Bank National Association, et al., No. 16-2621, D. S.C.).

  • January 23, 2019

    Homeowners: Error In Dismissal Of Claims Against Banks, Affiliated Reinsurer

    PHILADELPHIA — Homeowners argue in their Jan. 18 reply brief to the Third Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals that a Pennsylvania federal judge erred in dismissing claims for violations of the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) and unjust enrichment in their putative class action alleging a captive reinsurance scheme between banks and an affiliated reinsurer (Christopher Blake, et al. v. JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., et al., No. 18-2368, 3rd Cir.).

  • January 22, 2019

    Insured Says Georgia High Court Should Deny Review In Asbestos Suit

    ATLANTA — The Georgia Supreme Court should deny an insurer’s petition for writ of certiorari because the Georgia Court of Appeals correctly found that defense costs incurred as a result of underlying asbestos claims filed against the insured do not erode the policy limits of two of the insurer’s policies, the insured says in a Dec. 21 response to the insurer’s petition (National Union Fire Insurance Company of Pittsburgh, Pa., et al. v. Scapa Dryer Fabrics Inc., et al., No. BC290354, Ga. Sup., 2018 GA S. Ct. Briefs LEXIS 777).

  • January 18, 2019

    Insurer, Agents, Adjusters, Attorneys Seek Dismissal Of Hurricane Maria Lawsuit

    ST. CROIX, Virgin Islands — In the last of a series of motions to dismiss a restaurant insured’s lawsuit over the adjustment of its claim for property damage and business interruption losses arising from looting after Hurricane Maria, an insurance agency in a Jan. 16 filing argues that the material allegations reveal there is no substantive conduct supporting any claims against it (The Doctor and the Professor LLC v. Those Certain Underwriters at Lloyds of London, et al., No. 19-0004, D. V.I.).

  • January 18, 2019

    Woman Tells 8th Circuit Policy Does Not Require Facility To Be Licensed

    ST. LOUIS — An elderly woman who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease tells the Eighth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in a brief filed Jan. 2 that a federal judge in South Dakota erred when adopting a report and recommendation suggesting granting her insurance company’s motion for summary judgment, arguing that her long-term care policy did not require the assisted living center at which she was treated to be licensed (Leona Van Dusseldorp v. Continental Casualty Co., et al., No. 18-3257, 8th Cir.).

  • January 17, 2019

    Homeowner Files Third Amended Complaint Over Illegal Kickback Scheme

    HONOLULU — After a second amended complaint alleging unfair or deceptive acts or practices in the placement of insurance through “illegal kickback or captive reinsurance arrangements” was dismissed in part, a homeowner, on behalf of herself and others, on Jan. 15 filed a third amended complaint in a Hawaii federal court (Julia Wieck v. CIT Bank, N.A., et al., No. 16-00596, D. Hawaii).

  • January 16, 2019

    Promissory Note Holder: No Typical Claims For Class Over Insurance Programs

    LINCOLN, Neb. — A note holder to a promissory note executed pursuant to a reinsurance participation agreement (RPA) in a Jan. 11 filing opposes a request in Nebraska federal court for class certification of a nationwide class of employers who purchased unlawful workers’ compensation insurance programs and signed related promissory notes because the counterclaims are not typical of a class (Applied Underwriters Inc. v. Top’s Personnel Inc., No. 15-90, D. Neb.).

  • January 16, 2019

    4th Circuit Considers Malpractice Insurer’s Duty When Insured Flees

    RICHMOND, Va. — A federal appeals court is set to decide whether a medical malpractice insurer should have defended against liability when the insured left the country, or whether its insured’s failure to communicate prevented it from mounting a defense in his shoes (Claudia M. Mora, et al. v. Lancet Indemnity Risk Retention Group Inc., No. 18-1566, 4th Cir.).

  • January 16, 2019

    Court Committed ‘Legal Error’ In Building Collapse Coverage Case, Insureds Say

    ATLANTA — Two insureds are asking the 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals to reverse a lower court’s ruling and find that their rot coverage claim was wrongly dismissed because the defendants did not move for its dismissal.  They also contend that the lower court committed “legal error” by denying their motion for reconsideration (The S.O. Beach Corp., et al. v. Great American Insurance Company of New York, No. 18-11967, 11th Cir.).

  • January 15, 2019

    Parties Dispute Duty To Defend Underlying Arbitration In 6th Circuit

    CINCINNATI — The leaser of a tunnel-boring machine that malfunctioned during a project and an insurer recently submitted arguments in the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals over whether a decision holding that the insurer had no duty to defend or indemnify the company in an international arbitration should be overturned (Maxum Indemnity Co. v. Robbins Co., 18-3776, 6th Cir.).

  • January 15, 2019

    Investor Seeks To Dismiss Hedge Fund’s Liquidators’ Fraud, Conspiracy Lawsuit

    NEW YORK — An investor on Jan. 11 joined other motions seeking to dismiss a fraud and conspiracy lawsuit filed in a New York federal court by the liquidators for two hedge funds concerning allegations that the funds with a net asset value of nearly $1 billion turned out not only to be insolvent but also to have liabilities between $400 million and $800 million (Martin Trott, et al. v. Platinum Management [NY] LLC, et al., No. 18-10936, S.D. N.Y.).