The Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County denied defendant OneBeacon Insurance Company’s (“OneBeacon”) motion for summary judgment against plaintiffs Century Indemnity Company (“Century”) and Pacific Employers Insurance Company (“Pacific”). Century and Pacific, which held reinsurance policies issued by OneBeacon, sued the reinsurer to recover expenses in addition to the stated policy limits and to recover an award of interest on the payments received. OneBeacon sought summary judgment on two grounds: 1) that the limit stated in the parties’ reinsurance certificates placed a total cap on its liability, and 2) that plaintiffs were not entitled to an award of interest on payments. The court denied OneBeacon’s motion. First, the court determined that certain conditions placed on premiums in the reinsurance certificates meant that the premium was subject to a condition that excluded expenses in calculating the total loss limit. “If anything,” the court noted, “the terms of the certificates may have created a presumption of expense-exclusiveness.”
Second, the court denied defendant’s motion for summary judgment on collateral estoppel grounds. OneBeacon cited two prior district court cases that considered the “limit-of-liability” issue, but the court held that this legal authority did not “hold the necessary weight of final judgments at this juncture in order to apply collateral estoppel against plaintiffs.” Finally, because the court had already granted plaintiffs’ separate motion for summary judgment on payments of interest, it denied OneBeacon’s motion on that issue as well. Century Indem. Co. v. OneBeacon Ins. Co., No. 02928 (Pa. Com. Pl. Mar. 27, 2015).