Mealey's Insurance Insolvency

  • May 24, 2024

    N.C. High Court Allows Supersedeas In Insurer’s Quest To Enforce $524M Judgment

    RALEIGH, N.C. — Without providing explanation, the North Carolina Supreme Court ordered that a writ of supersedeas be “allowed” in an insurer’s suit seeking enforcement of a $524,009,051.26 judgment against Greg Lindberg, the founder of a multinational investment company who was recently convicted by a federal jury of a scheme to bribe North Carolina’s insurance commissioner.

  • May 23, 2024

    Contribution Suit Against Guaranty Association Dismissed After Stipulation Filed

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — After parties filed a joint stipulation of dismissal in a Florida federal court, a judge dismissed with prejudice a New Mexico commercial general liability insurer’s suit seeking defense costs and indemnity for an underlying construction defects action from the Florida Insurance Guaranty Association (FIGA), as successor in interest to a now-insolvent Florida commercial liability insurer.

  • May 23, 2024

    Guaranty Association Answers Hurricane Damage Claims, Says Allegations Lack Facts

    NEW ORLEANS — The Louisiana Insurance Guaranty Association (LIGA) responded to a homeowner’s petition for damages by stating that the allegations against LIGA are not factual but are legal conclusions regarding the homeowner’s claims that his now-insolvent homeowners insurer, for which LIGA is successor in interest, failed to adequately compensate him for alleged losses related to Hurricane Ida.

  • May 22, 2024

    Counsel Withdrawal Hearing Continued In SEC Suit Against Insolvent Insurers’ Owner

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A North Carolina federal magistrate judge granted, in part, a joint motion to appear remotely at a hearing scheduled in the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s suit alleging that an advisory services company, its former executive and its former owner, who also owned now-insolvent insurers, defrauded clients of more than $75 million, continuing the hearing and requiring the parties to file a joint status report by May 23.

  • May 22, 2024

    Trustee Seeks Approval Of $2.9M Settlement In Insolvent Insurer’s Bankruptcy Case

    WILMINGTON, Del. — A trustee for estates in an insolvent insurer’s Chapter 7 bankruptcy proceeding filed a motion to approve a $2.9 million settlement agreement between the parties, which includes a $100,000 payment to a broker who has assisted the trustee in managing the assets in the proceeding.

  • May 21, 2024

    Request To Amend Granted, Coverage Dispute With Guaranty Association Dismissed

    NEW ORLEANS — A Louisiana federal judge granted a homeowner’s motion to file an amended complaint in an insurance coverage dispute over the insurer’s alleged failure to adequately compensate its insured homeowner for damage related to Hurricane Ida, finding that allowing the homeowner to amend his complaint to add as a defendant the Louisiana Insurance Guaranty Association (LIGA) results in the court lacking subject matter jurisdiction and therefore the case must be dismissed.

  • May 21, 2024

    La. Panel Affirms Ruling In Asbestos Liability Case Involving Insolvent Insurers  

    NEW ORLEANS — A Louisiana appellate court affirmed a lower court ruling that denied summary judgment to the Louisiana Insurance Guaranty Association (LIGA), as statutory obligor for an employer’s insolvent workers’ compensation and liability insurers, in a suit alleging that a former employee’s workplace exposure to asbestos resulted in his diagnosis of mesothelioma, finding that LIGA failed to show “the existence and applicability” of policy exclusions.

  • May 17, 2024

    Kansas Commissioner Certifies Service Of Interrogatories In Insurer Liquidation

    TOPEKA, Kan. — The Kansas insurance commissioner, as liquidator of an insolvent medical malpractice insurer, certified that she served her first set of interrogatories in the insurer’s liquidation proceedings.

  • May 16, 2024

    Judge Cleans Up Docket, Closes Hurricane Coverage Suit Against Insolvent Insurer

    LAKE CHARLES, La. — A Louisiana federal judge on May 15 issued an order administratively closing a homeowner’s breach of contract and bad faith suit over Hurricane Laura damage after the case had been stayed for almost a year due to the insurer’s insolvency, finding that “[n]early four years have passed since Hurricane Laura and the court wishes to clean up its docket.”

  • May 16, 2024

    Guaranty Association Says It Reached Settlement With Homeowner Over Unpaid Claim

    FORT MYERS, Fla. — The Florida Insurance Guaranty Association (FIGA) notified a Florida state court that it reached a settlement in a suit filed against it by a homeowner seeking indemnification for an unpaid claim for home damage after her insurer was ordered into liquidation.

  • May 15, 2024

    Magistrate Approves Discovery Plan In Guaranty Association’s MSP Suit Against CMS

    RALEIGH, N.C. — A North Carolina federal magistrate judge approved a discovery plan in the North Carolina Insurance Guaranty Association’s (NCIGA) suit against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), its secretary and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), seeking a determination that the NCIGA is not a primary plan under the federal Medicare Secondary Payer (MSP) statute and therefore not obligated to reimburse CMS regarding a workers’ compensation claim involving an insolvent insurer.

  • May 15, 2024

    Insurance Commissioner Seeks Approval Of Expenses Regarding Liquidated Insurer

    OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma insurance commissioner, as receiver for a property and casualty insurer in liquidation, filed in Oklahoma state court an application to approve costs and fees related to the administration for the receivership of Go Insurance, which the court previously ordered into liquidation.

  • May 13, 2024

    Judgment Granted For Guaranty Association In Bad Faith Suit Over Hurricane Damage

    LAFAYETTE, La. — A Louisiana federal judge granted the Louisiana Insurance Guaranty’s (LIGA) motion for summary judgment in a bad faith and breach of contract suit filed against a now-insolvent homeowners insurer over purported hurricane damage, finding that LIGA, which was substituted as a defendant for the insurer after it became insolvent, established that it was prejudiced by a lack of notice regarding the alleged damage.

  • May 06, 2024

    Judge Denies Dismissal To Insolvent Insurer’s Owners, Cites ‘Perfunctory Argument’

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — A North Carolina federal judge denied a motion filed by the owners of an insolvent insurer seeking to dismiss a petition to confirm an arbitration award for a Dutch insurer in liquidation, finding that the owners’ new argument on appeal that the award is prohibited as a monetary penalty fails because “it is not the court’s job to undertake the analysis and legal research needed to support a perfunctory argument.”

  • May 02, 2024

    Liquidators Stipulate To Dropping Insurers From Adversary Proceeding

    NEW YORK — The joint provisional liquidators (JPLs) of Bermuda insurer and reinsurer PB Life and Annuity Co. Ltd. (PBLA) and other debtors filed a May 1 stipulation in New York federal bankruptcy court to dismiss four defendants called the NC Insurance Cos. from an adversary proceeding that involves hundreds of other parties; the JPLs also stipulated to the withdrawal of a related appeal.

  • May 02, 2024

    Alleging They Were Defrauded, Investors File Related Suits Over $65M Deal

    In related complaints filed in Florida and New York state courts over a December 2021 deal, entities that say they invested about $65 million in a managing general agent just months before affiliated insurance companies were liquidated allege that they were defrauded.

  • May 01, 2024

    Summons Provided For Owner Of Insolvent Insurers In Dispute Over LLC Conversion

    WILMINGTON, Del. — A Puerto Rico-based life insurer provided a Delaware state court with a copy of a summons to be served on a Delaware-based entity and its owner, Greg Lindberg, who also owned insolvent insurers, in a suit alleging that Lindberg unlawfully converted the entity from a corporation into a limited liability company as “part of a systematic plan to siphon off assets held by a reinsurance trust” created to protect the Puerto Rico insurer and its policyholders.

  • April 25, 2024

    Insolvent Insurers’ Owner Asks Delaware Court To Vacate $524M Foreign Judgment

    NEW CASTLE, Del. — A judgment debtor and former owner of insolvent insurers ordered by a North Carolina federal court to pay a $524,009,051.26 judgment to a Puerto Rico-based insurer asked a Delaware state court to vacate the foreign judgment, asserting that the insurer has provided “evidence that no payment is required by” the debtor under a reinsurance trust backed by the debtor’s $25 million guarantee.

  • April 24, 2024

    Panel Reverses Judgment On ‘Claim Not Pled’ In Insurance Policy Cancellation Row

    MIAMI — A Florida appellate court reversed and remanded a lower court’s grant of summary judgment for alleged misrepresentation in a policy application in a suit filed by an insured’s assignee against a now-insolvent insurer, seeking a declaration that the insurer had improperly canceled its insured’s policy, finding that the lower court erred in granting the assignee’s motion for summary judgment on a “claim it never pled.”

  • April 23, 2024

    Hurricane Coverage Row With Insolvent Insurer Dismissed For Lack Of Jurisdiction

    NEW ORLEANS  — A Louisiana federal judge granted a joint motion for dismissal after the parties settled claims in homeowners’ breach of contract suit against their now-insolvent insurer for failure to adequately cover damages resulting from Hurricane Ida, finding that subject matter jurisdiction is absent because the homeowners and the Louisiana Insurance Guaranty Association (LIGA), who was substituted as a defendant for the insurer, are all citizens of Louisiana.

  • April 22, 2024

    U.S. High Court Denies Cert In Civil Rights Suit Involving Guaranty Association

    WASHINGTON, D.C  — The U.S. Supreme Court on April 22 denied a petition for writ of certiorari filed by a man seeking review of the Fifth Circuit’s opinion affirming a district court’s grant of summary judgment to an off-duty sheriff’s deputy and the Louisiana Insurance Guaranty Association (LIGA) in the man’s suit alleging that the off-duty officer used excessive force and violated the man’s civil rights when restraining him.

  • April 19, 2024

    Panel Affirms Judgment For Insolvent Insurer In Garbage Disposal Damages Dispute

    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — In a one-page order with no explanation, a Florida appellate court on April 18 affirmed a lower court order granting summary judgment to a now-insolvent insurer in a breach of contract suit over the insurer’s alleged refusal to cover a purported loss related to its insured’s leaking garbage disposal.

  • April 18, 2024

    D&O Insurers File Defenses To Insurer In Rehabilitation’s Breach Of Contract Suit

    INDIANAPOLIS — Primary and excess directors and officers (D&O) insurers that issued policies to an insurer now in rehabilitation filed defenses in an Indiana federal court to the insurer in rehabilitation’s suit against them that seeks a declaration that specified D&O policies apply to cover claims in underlying litigation.

  • April 18, 2024

    Chapter 11 Liquidation Plan Becomes Effective In Vesttoo Bankruptcy Cases

    WILMINGTON, Del. — In a notice outlining several bar dates, the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors told a Delaware federal bankruptcy court that a Chapter 11 plan of liquidation for Vesttoo Ltd. and its dozens of affiliates went into effect after conditions precedent were “satisfied or waived.”

  • April 17, 2024

    Judge Rules On Judgment Motions In Asbestos Suit Involving Guaranty Association

    NEW ORLEANS — A Louisiana federal judge denied summary judgment to two suppliers of asbestos products in an asbestos liability suit against them, the Louisiana Insurance Guaranty Association (LIGA) and multiple other parties over a man’s exposure to asbestos resulting from his work at a shipyard, finding that fact questions remain as to “whether the decedent was exposed to asbestos products manufactured” by these two suppliers.