Law Capping Reinsurers’ Liability Struck Down by 2nd Circuit
The law falls after more than two decades on the books.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on Tuesday found that the “Bellefonte rule” capping reinsurers’ liability is no longer the law in the circuit, more than two decades after the rule was laid out in the circuit’s 1990 ruling in Bellefonte Reinsurance Co. v. Aetna Casualty & Surety Co.
In Tuesday’s ruling, the three-judge panel upheld U.S. District Judge Lorna G. Schofield of the Southern District of New York’s finding that Global Reinsurance Corporation of America must pay its share of Century Indemnity Company’s defense costs in excess of the reinsurance certificates’ liability limits.
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