Treatise Update: Reinsurance Law

Reinsurance Law examines the intricacies of U.S. reinsurance law in the 21st century, giving readers a practical grasp of the purpose, benefits, markets, and costs of reinsurance; the features, operation, and risk-and-return characteristics of the full range of reinsurance products; state, federal, and international regulation of reinsurance; and a full understanding of resolving disputes in the industry. Enhanced with time-saving checklists and numerous sample clauses and sample agreements, this practical treatise covers federal and state law, industry standards, customs, practice—including the Utmost Good Faith and Follow-the-Fortunes doctrines—and relevant case law in clear, straightforward terms.

Highlights from Release #14 of Reinsurance Law include:

  • Chapter 3: A section on Implied Follow-the-Fortunes Provision addresses whether the follow-the-fortunes doctrine is implied in facultative reinsurance certificates when there is no express working to that effect (see section 3:3).
  • Chapter 3: A section on Reinsurer’s Obligation Regarding Supplemental Benefits Outside of the Applicable Limits of Liability discusses the Second Circuit decision in Utica Mutual Insurance Co. v. Clearwater Insurance Co., holding that the contracts required payment of expenses in addition to the stated liability limits in the facultative contracts. The ruling was based on form language in the contracts and the absence of language stating that the reinsurer’s liability would be “subject to” the stated limits of liability (see section 3:4).
  • Chapter 6: A section on Vacating or Modifying the Award explains how before an arbitrator is officially engaged to perform an arbitration, to ensure the parties’ acceptance of the arbitrator is informed, potential arbitrators must disclose their ownership interests, if any, and the arbitration organizations with whom they are affiliated in connection with the arbitration and those organizations’ nontrivial business dealings with the parties to the arbitration (see section 6:9.2).

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