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COVID-19 Losses From a Reinsured’s Perspective

This blog post provides some thoughts on addressing COVID-19 losses from the perspective of the reinsurance buyer: the reinsured or cedent.  A cedent has two main considerations when faced with a loss:  (1) is the loss a covered loss under the cedent’s insurance policies? and, (2) if the loss is a covered loss, is it … Continue Reading

Some Preliminary Thoughts on Reinsurance Issues and COVID-19

All the talk about whether insurance policies will respond to COVID-19 losses causes me to think about how reinsurers will respond to COVID-19 losses if they are ceded.  There are lots of considerations, including whether the cedent’s loss payments were made on an ex gratia basis, whether civil authority orders change the dynamic, what lines … Continue Reading

Extrinsic Evidence Leads to Summary Judgment on Aggregate Corridor Deductible

Some insurance programs are simple:  one primary policy, one excess policy.  Easy.  Some insurance programs are complex and contain many layers and coverages.  In the case discussed below, the court had to interpret how an Aggregate Corridor Deductible (ACD) in one policy worked and how it affected when the second policy came on risk.… Continue Reading

Post-Trial Motions Denied in Hard-Fought Reinsurance Dispute

Reinsurance disputes are rarely tried to a jury.  They are typically arbitrated.  When they are tried to a jury–just like any jury trial–there are often post-trial motions made to seek to overturn the jury verdict or modify the judgment.  Motions like that are difficult to win, especially when key facts are left to the jury to … Continue Reading

Exculpatory Clauses in Reinsurance Agreements

Exculpatory clauses appear in many contracts. They are often used to protect a contracting party from damages caused by its actions or the actions of others. For example, a hold harmless clause may protect one party from third-party suits caused by the alleged negligence of the other party. Exculpatory clauses, like hold harmless or indemnification clauses, … Continue Reading

Reliance as an Element of Utmost Good Faith

The doctrine of utmost good faith or uberrimae fidei is well known in two segments of the insurance industry: Marine Insurance and Reinsurance. The doctrine derives from marine insurance, but was adopted relatively early on in the reinsurance context. It has been characterized in the reinsurance context as an information forcing doctrine and is traditionally applied … Continue Reading
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