Mealey's Reinsurance

  • February 23, 2024

    Reverse-Preemption Ruling Concerning Adversary Case Is Upheld On Appeal

    NEW YORK — Agreeing with a bankruptcy judge’s determination that reverse-preemption under the McCarran–Ferguson Act (MFA) applies, a New York federal judge on Feb. 22 upheld the partial stay of an adversary proceeding in an expansive dispute involving a reinsurer.

  • February 23, 2024

    Firm Deadline Sought For Procedures Proposal In Reinsurer’s Liquidation

    WILMINGTON, Del. — Fifty-four cedents and retrocessionares have asked the Delaware Chancery Court to require the receiver for life and health reinsurer Scottish Re (U.S.) Inc. (SRUS) “to move for approval of a proof of claim process and related liquidation procedures” by March 4.

  • February 22, 2024

    $169M Deal To Resolve Part Of ACA Reinsurance Row Gets Preliminary OK

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — A U.S. Court of Federal Claims judge on Feb. 21 granted preliminary approval of a class settlement under which the amount the government has to pay to resolve part of a case over the Transitional Reinsurance Program (TRP) of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) would drop from $185,230,024.42 to $169,022,397.28.

  • February 21, 2024

    New York Panel: Equitable Subrogation Applies In Retrocessional Insurer’s Case

    NEW YORK — Saying it had not previously addressed the issue, an appellate panel in New York ruled that a retrocessional insurer that paid a big chunk of the settlement in a personal injury case has standing to assert a legal malpractice claim as an equitable subrogee.

  • February 21, 2024

    Government Would Get Discount Under Class Deal In ACA Reinsurance Row

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The amount the government has to pay to resolve part of a case over the Transitional Reinsurance Program (TRP) of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) would drop from $185,230,024.42 to $169,022,397.28 under a class settlement proposed in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.

  • February 20, 2024

    Judge Rejects Reinsurer’s Efforts To Quash Service In Settlement Reimbursement Row

    OMAHA, Neb. — Ruling that a Brazil-based reinsurer “failed to rebut [an insurer’s] prima facie case of effective service of process,” a Nebraska federal judge denied the reinsurer’s motions to vacate default and quash service in the suit over reimbursement for a settlement reached with Montana regarding alleged asbestos exposure.

  • February 15, 2024

    Bid For Reconsideration On Third-Party Implied Indemnity Claim Is Disputed

    JACKSON, Miss. — Domino’s Pizza LLC and related entities are seeking reconsideration of a ruling that a third-party claim for implied indemnity survives dismissal in a dispute involving a franchisee and commutation of reinsurance, and in an opposition brief, third-party plaintiffs tell a Mississippi federal court that this case differs from two the Domino’s entities cited.

  • February 15, 2024

    Liquidation Order Leads To Permanent Stay For 1 Defendant In Coverage Row

    NEWARK, N.J. — All claims against one defendant in a suit in New Jersey federal court over environmental investigation and remediation have been permanently stayed because of a liquidation and injunction order issued by the Delaware Court of Chancery.

  • February 15, 2024

    Disputes Over Liquidation Proposal Sent To Mediation In Vesttoo Chapter 11 Cases

    WILMINGTON, Del. — A Delaware federal bankruptcy judge has referred matters pertaining to a proposed Chapter 11 plan of liquidation for Vesttoo Ltd. and dozens of its affiliates to mediation.

  • February 14, 2024

    Consent Decree Entered Under 1 Dismissal In Case Over Alleged Counterfeit Policies

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A variety of claims and parties have been dismissed under agreements in a sprawling suit over allegations of fraud, trademark counterfeiting and trademark infringement involving captive reinsurance programs, with a Kentucky federal court permanently enjoining two defendants “from future infringement of Plaintiffs’ trademarks.”

  • February 14, 2024

    Injunction Entered Under Agreement To Resolve Lloyd’s Trademark Infringement Case

    HOUSTON — After Lloyd’s America Inc. and Corporation of Lloyd’s and the individual they sued over alleged defamation and trademark infringement reported reaching an agreement to resolve the suit, a Texas federal court entered a permanent injunction according to the terms of their agreement.

  • February 13, 2024

    Judge Orders Notices On Corner Post In Consolidated Illegal Exaction Cases

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — A U.S. Court of Federal Claims judge has directed notices to be filed on whether a pending U.S. Supreme Court case is relevant to consolidated cases in which group health plans allege that the government illegally exacted contributions from them under the Transitional Reinsurance Program (TRP) of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA).

  • February 13, 2024

    U.S. Tax Court: Ruling For IRS Is ‘Consistent’ With Prior Microcaptive Decisions

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — In a decision “[c]onsistent with” the court’s handful of rulings on microcaptive arrangements, a U.S. Tax Court judge sustained Internal Revenue Service determinations that two captive insurers did not qualify to escape taxes on purported premiums and that the couple who controlled the captives cannot deduct those amounts and “are liable for the alternative 20% accuracy-related penalties.”

  • February 12, 2024

    English Justice Upholds Tribunals’ ‘Catastrophe’ Application In COVID-19 Cases

    LONDON — Ruling in part that arbitration tribunals in two cases concerning the COVID-19 pandemic correctly concluded “that there had been a catastrophe for the purposes of the relevant Reinsurances,” a justice of the High Court of England and Wales on Feb. 9 dismissed an appeal in one case and allowed an appeal in the other case only as to the operation of an “Hours Clause.”

  • February 12, 2024

    SEC: Collapsed Hedge Fund’s Co-Founder To Pay $2.4M Under Settlement

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Under a settlement in which the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission instituted administrative and cease-and-desist proceedings, a co-founder of the collapsed hedge fund Platinum Partners agreed to payments totaling more than $2.4 million and a collateral industry bar to resolve allegations of violating the Investment Advisers Act of 1940.

  • February 12, 2024

    Injunction Is Part Of Agreement To Resolve Lloyd’s Trademark Infringement Case

    HOUSTON — Lloyd’s America Inc. and Corporation of Lloyd’s and the individual they sued in Texas federal court over alleged defamation and trademark infringement have reported reaching an agreement to resolve the suit, with terms including entry of a permanent injunction.

  • February 06, 2024

    Judge: Late Fraudulent Joinder Argument Doesn’t Remedy ‘Untimely’ Removal

    NEW ALBANY, Ind. — A breach of contract case involving a quota share reinsurance agreement is back in an Indiana court after an Indiana federal judge granted a remand motion, saying in part that the “Defendants’ incantation of fraudulent joinder at this late stage does not remedy” the untimeliness of their removal.

  • February 05, 2024

    Aon Entities Seek Dismissal Of Insurers’ Suit Over Vesttoo Dealings

    NEW YORK — Contending in part that the August 2022 announcement of a $1 billion partnership between Vesttoo Ltd. and Clear Blue Insurance Group undercuts the framing of the complaint against them, Aon PLC (Aon) and Aon Insurance Managers (Bermuda) Ltd. have moved in New York state court for dismissal.

  • February 01, 2024

    Notice Of Appeal Is Filed In Securities Suit Involving Reinsurer’s Loss Ratios

    PHILADELPHIA — Shareholders have filed a notice of appeal to the Third Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals over summary judgment and other rulings in a suit over allegations that a reinsurer and some of its former executives violated federal securities laws.

  • February 01, 2024

    Late Objection Bid Draws Opposition In Vesttoo Chapter 11 Cases

    WILMINGTON, Del. — Asserting that “Vesttoo’s defrauded creditors have overwhelmingly voted to accept” a Chapter 11 plan of liquidation for Vesttoo Ltd. and dozens of its affiliates, two creditors are among the entities urging a Delaware federal bankruptcy court to reject a motion to allow an untimely objection to claims against one of the affiliates.

  • January 31, 2024

    Service Is Key Issue In Suit Against Reinsurer For Settlement Reimbursement

    OMAHA, Neb. — Whether a Brazil-based reinsurer was properly served has become a key issue in a suit seeking reimbursement for a settlement reached with Montana regarding alleged asbestos exposure, with an insurer telling the Nebraska federal court in a reply brief that precedent supports its bid for default judgment.

  • January 31, 2024

    4th Circuit Hears $524M Guaranty Case Involving Reinsurance Agreement

    RICHMOND, Va. — In oral argument before a Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel, the issuer of a guaranty contended that a judgment against him enforcing an arbitration award for $524 million plus interest should be overturned, and a Puerto Rico-based insurer countered that the terms of the agreements in question and res judicata both support affirmation.

  • January 31, 2024

    Bermuda Entities Spar In 2nd Circuit Over Bid To Revive Arbitrator Bias Row

    NEW YORK — Arguing in part that “[s]ubject matter jurisdiction could not be clearer,” a Bermuda-based reinsurer urged the Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals to reject a bid to revive a case involving an arbitrator and two reinsurance contracts with a Bermuda-based insurer.

  • January 30, 2024

    Vice Chancellor Mostly Denies Dismissal In Suit Over Asset Dissipation

    WILMINGTON, Del. — Ruling on four long-pending motions in a suit over a complex asset-swap transaction that the plaintiffs argue resulted in the “dissipation of at least $250 million,” a Delaware vice chancellor granted dismissal only as to a claim of fraudulent trading under Cayman Islands law.

  • January 29, 2024

    Apple Entities Win Partial Summary Judgment In Oregon Excise Tax Row

    SALEM, Ore. — Granting partial summary judgment for Apple Inc. and subsidiaries in a corporation excise tax case, an Oregon Tax Court judge rejected the Oregon Department of Revenue’s theory that a subsidiary reinsurer “became subject to Oregon’s taxing jurisdiction because” the reinsurance contract “amounted to hiring . . . an in-state agent.”