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Issue #2, May 2008

Universal, Hartford Battle Over Coverage for Securities Settlement

A $5M action involving reinsurance coverage for settlement of securities fraud claims against Doral Financial Corp. was removed to Puerto Rico federal court


Reinsurer Accused Of Failing To Reasonably Settle $21.24 Million Med Mal Case

An $8.2M reinsurance coverage battle involving one of Wisconsin's largest medical malpractice judgments is pending in Ohio federal court


FAA Preempts State Administrative Law, U.S. High Court Rules

The U.S. high court ruled that the FAA preempts state laws that call for disputes to be heard by an administrative agency


Reliance Europe Says Reinsurer May Not Avoid Treaties

Reliance National Insurance (Europe) is urging a Pa. judge to compel arbitration of a dispute over whether its reinsurer can deny payment for future claims


FAA's Narrow Standard Of Review Cannot Be Expanded, High Court Rules

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the FAA bars courts from enforcing agreements that provide for more expansive judicial review of an award


SCOR Says $1.7M Commutation Dispute Should Be Arbitrated

A reinsurer asked an Illinois judge to stay a $1.7 million dispute over whether a commutation includes certain reinsurance contracts


Munich Re, Tall Tree Battle Over Coverage For Hewlett Packard Actions

Munich Re asked a California court to dismiss a suit brought by a cedent demanding reinsurance coverage for claims filed against Hewlett-Packard Co.


5th Circuit Finds For Broker On Negligence, Fiduciary Duty Claims

Claims brought by a cedent against Aon in connection with rescission of a workers' compensation treaty are time-barred, the 5th Circuit ruled


Issue #1, April 2008

Calif. Court Affirms <i>Vacatur</i> For Arbitrator's Failure To Disclose

A $267,000 award should be vacated because the arbitrator's failure to disclose his relationship with the plaintiff's insurer, a California court affirmed


Calif. Judge Refuses To Appoint Umpire, Citing Lack of Jurisdiction

A California judge on March 10 dismissed a cedent's petition to appoint a neutral arbitrator in its dispute with Insurance Company of the West


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