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  • October 16, 2020

    Reliance Liquidator Seeks Approval Of $16.9M For Final Notices Of Determination

    HARRISBURG, Pa. — The liquidator of Reliance Insurance Co. in an Oct. 13 application asks a Pennsylvania trial court for an order approving her recommendation on the last notices of determination (NODs) for state guaranty associations, which includes an allowed amount of $16.9 million for class (e) claims (In re:  Reliance Insurance Co. in liquidation, No. 1 REL 2001, Pa. Cmwlth.).

  • October 15, 2020

    Former Executive Of Hedge Funds Seeks To Exclude Punitive Damages At Trial

    NEW YORK — A former member of Platinum Management (NY) LLC on Sept. 29 asked a New York federal court to preclude any references to punitive damages in his trial over a breach of fiduciary claim regarding the collapse of hedge funds and to exclude punitive damages from the jury’s instructions (In re Platinum-Beechwood Litigation, No. 18-6658, Martin Trott, et al. v. Platinum Management [NY] LLC, et al., No. 18-10936, S.D. N.Y.).

  • October 14, 2020

    Dental Product Company: No Delegation Means Court Decides Arbitrability

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — An arbitration clause containing no delegation of gateway questions to arbitrator means a court, not an arbitrator, decides arbitrability, Archer and White Sales Inc., a dental product company, argues in its respondent brief filed Oct. 13 in the U.S. Supreme Court, adding that incorporation of American Arbitration Association (AAA) rules doesn’t change anything (Henry Schein Inc. v. Archer and White Sales Inc., No. 19-963, U.S. Sup.).

  • October 14, 2020

    Insurer In Default For Not Responding To Breach Of Contract Case, Insured Says

    NEWARK, N.J. — An industrial equipment supplier on Oct. 13 asked a New Jersey federal court to enter a default against an insurance company in its breach of contract case regarding the insurer’s refusal to pay for an environmental investigation and remediation at its property (Industrial Corner Corp. v. Public Service Mutual Insurance Company, No. 20-6677, D. N.J.).

  • October 14, 2020

    Magistrate Judge Compels Discovery Over Allocation For Reinsurance Billings

    BOSTON — A federal magistrate judge in Massachusetts on Oct. 13 compelled in part an insurer to provide certain information in a privilege log on how it allocated a $120 million settlement of environmental claims for purposes of its reinsurance billings (Certain London Market Company Reinsurers v. Lamorak Insurance Co., No. 18-10534, D. Mass., 2020 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 189115).

  • October 14, 2020

    Reinsurer Tells Court To Deny Insurer’s Bid For Costs, Attorney Fees Of $400,000

    NEW YORK — An English reinsurer in an Oct. 13 memorandum says that under New York law, general fee-shifting rules are procedural and, therefore, a New York federal court should deny an umbrella insurer’s request for $400,000 in attorney fees and expert costs incurred in successfully litigating a dispute with the reinsurer over responsibility for an environmental claims settlement (The Insurance Company of the State of Pennsylvania v. Equitas Insurance Limited, No. 17-6850, S.D. N.Y.).

  • October 13, 2020

    Insurers Oppose Dismissal Of Intentional Interference Case Over Reinsurance Billings

    LOS ANGELES — Four insurers argue in their Oct. 9 opposition brief to a California federal court that the parent companies of a reinsurer are “straddling a line” that does not exist under California law in seeking to dismiss their lawsuit alleging intentional interference and inducement of breach of contract with regard to reinsurance billings (California Capital Insurance Company, et al. v. Enstar Holdings [US] LLC, et al., No. 20-7806, C.D. Calif.).

  • October 12, 2020

    Insurer Tells 6th Circuit Breach Of Contract, Bad Faith Case Should Have Been Dismissed

    CINCINNATI — An insurer argues in its Oct. 9 appellant brief to the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals that all the elements of claim preclusion have been met and, therefore, the appellate court should reverse a lower court’s denial of its motion to dismiss an insured’s breach of contract and bad faith suit arising out of the insured’s liability for underlying asbestos claims (William Powell Company v. National Indemnity Company, et al., No. 20-3737, 6th Cir.).

  • October 12, 2020

    Federal Judge Dismisses Home Health Aides’ ERISA Case For Lack Of Standing

    BROOKLYN, N.Y. — Relying on a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision, a New York federal judge on Oct. 9 dismissed a lawsuit brought by home health aides against their employers and a captive reinsurer because they lack standing under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act to challenge the management of their defined-benefit retirement plan (Ynes M. Gonzalez de Fuente, et al. v. Preferred Home Care of New York LLC, et al., No. 18-6749, E.D. N.Y.).

  • October 09, 2020

    Judge Extends Trial Date In Breach Of Contract Case Against Reinsurer

    SEATTLE — A federal judge in Washington on Oct. 1 extended the date for a jury trial by eight months in a breach of contract case between a reinsurer and an association of state public entities (Washington Cities Insurance Authority v. Ironshore Indemnity Inc., No. 19-54, W.D. Wash.).

  • October 08, 2020

    Theater Dismisses French Reinsurer From Coverage Suit For Pandemic Losses

    MIAMI — A theater operator voluntarily dismissed a French reinsurance company on Oct. 5 from its proposed class action in a Florida federal court for pandemic loss more than a month after the reinsurer sought dismissal on the basis that it was not a party to the all-risk insurance policy at issue (Actors Playhouse Productions, Inc. v. SCOR SE, et al., No. 20-22981, S.D. Fla.).

  • October 07, 2020

    Judge Stays Billings Dispute Over Environmental Claims Due To Reinsurer's Insolvency

    BOSTON — Citing an English reinsurer's recent insolvency and bankruptcy proceedings, a federal judge in Massachusetts on Oct. 5 issued a further stay of a reinsurance billings dispute over the allocation of a $120 million settlement of environmental claims (Certain London Market Company Reinsurers v. Lamorak Insurance Co., No. 18-10534, D. Mass.).

  • October 06, 2020

    Reinsurer's Parent Companies: No Liability For Intentional Interference, Inducement

    LOS ANGELES — In seeking dismissal of four insurers' dispute over the mishandling of reinsurance billings, the parent companies of the reinsurer on Oct. 2 argue to a California federal court that it "is blackletter law that agents cannot be liable for intentional interference with contracts or for inducing a principal to breach those contracts" (California Capital Insurance Company, et al. v. Enstar Holdings [US] LLC, et al., No. 20-7806, C.D. Calif.).

  • October 06, 2020

    Insurance Agent Opposes Reinsurer's Bid To Dismiss Suit Over Premium Demands

    FORT WORTH, Texas — Noting its dispute has been ongoing for more than two years, an insurance agent in an Oct. 2 brief tells a Texas federal court that there is no reason to dismiss its declaratory judgment action regarding a Cayman Islands reinsurer's potential future demands for the return of any premiums under a quota share reinsurance agreement (Contractor Managing General Insurance Agency, Inc. v. Greenlight Reinsurance, Ltd., No. 20-996, N.D. Texas).

  • October 05, 2020

    U.S. High Court Review Denied In Dispute Over Crop Insurer's Arbitration Award

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Supreme Court on Oct. 5 declined to review whether a "good farming practices" dispute between a farmer and a federally reinsured crop insurer can be resolved in private arbitration or must proceed through an administrative review process as provided for under the Federal Crop Insurance Act (FCIA) (Terry R. Balvin v. Rain and Hail LLC, No. 20-3, U.S. Sup.).

  • October 02, 2020

    Clerk Of Court Awards Reinsurer $756,566 For Costs In Asbestos Billings Dispute

    UTICA, N.Y. — A reinsurer was awarded $756,566.83 in bill of costs by the clerk of court on Sept. 30 against an umbrella insurer following a New York federal court's vacating of a $64 million jury verdict against the reinsurer in their breach of contract dispute concerning asbestos coverage (Utica Mutual Insurance Co. v. Fireman's Fund Insurance Co., No. 09-853, N.D. N.Y.).

  • October 02, 2020

    Prevailing Insurer Seeks $400,000 For Attorney Fees, Costs Against Reinsurer

    NEW YORK — An umbrella insurer in a Sept. 29 memorandum of law requests from a New York federal judge close to $400,000 in attorney fees and expert costs that it incurred in successfully litigating its dispute with an English reinsurer over responsibility for the insurer's environmental claims settlement over a Dole Food Co. subsidiary's California housing development (The Insurance Company of the State of Pennsylvania v. Equitas Insurance Limited, No. 17-6850, S.D. N.Y.).

  • October 02, 2020

    Discovery Is Allowed Over Related Entities Of 'Certified Reinsurer,' Insureds Say

    WILMINGTON, Del. — In a coverage suit over a $73.21 million medical malpractice verdict, insureds argues in a Sept. 28 supplemental brief to a Delaware court that a Bermuda health care umbrella insurer is a "certified reinsurer" in the state and that jurisdictional discovery is permitted on its parents, subsidiaries and affiliates' operations (Steadfast Insurance Company v. Community Health Systems, Inc., et al., No. N18C-11-127, Del. Super., New Castle Co.).

  • October 01, 2020

    Reinsurance Broker Seeks $770,000 In Withheld Brokerage From Insurer

    NEW YORK — Guy Carpenter & Co. LLC sued an insurer on Sept. 29 in a New York federal court for $770,000 of brokerage withheld by the insurer over placement of reinsurance (Guy Carpenter & Company, LLC v. Safepoint Insurance Company, No. 20-8063, S.D. N.Y.).

  • September 30, 2020

    Insurer: Support Exists For $459,625.22 In Prejudgment Interest Against Reinsurer

    NEW YORK — While a reinsurer challenges an insurer's request for a money judgment, with prejudgment interest, for $459,625.22 in ceded losses paid by the insurer that were not secured, the insurer argues in a Sept. 10 reply brief to a motion to correct and amend that the relief it seeks is based upon a previous summary judgment motion and a New York federal judge's decision (AmTrust North America, Inc. v. Signify Insurance Ltd., et al., No 18-3779, S.D. N.Y.).

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