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1st Cir. Denies Integrand Receiver’s Urgent Motion to Stay Reinsurance Arbitration

BOSTON — A federal appeals court has refused to stay arbitration of a $56 million reinsurance case filed by the receiver of Integrand Assurance Co., finding it unlikely that the receiver would succeed on its argument that McCarran-Ferguson Act reverse-preempts the Federal Arbitration Act.

In a June 17 order, the 1st Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals also rejected the receiver’s argument that it would suffer irreparable harm absent a stay.

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