We previously posted on April 14, 2008, about a reinsurer’s successful bid to remove a lawsuit to federal court based on the plaintiff insurer’s improper joinder of the reinsurer’s agent as a defendant. Now, in a related companion case, the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida has granted the same reinsurer’s motion to compel arbitration of the claims between the parties. The insurer sought a declaratory judgment that it was entitled to more than $10 million from the reinsurer under four reinsurance placement slips. While the parties’ original reinsurance agreement contained an arbitration provision, the slips did not. The court, therefore, characterized the dispute as whether the claims arising out of the placement slips were covered by the agreement’s arbitration provision. It held that they were. These contracts all governed the same ongoing relationship between the same parties concerning the same subject matter (viz., obligations arising out of vehicle service contracts) and for overlapping time periods. The slips merely “upgraded” the level of reinsurance coverage provided in the agreement. That the placement slips and reinsurance agreement did not expressly refer to each other was not dispositive since the “broad terms” of the arbitration provision were not limited to claims brought directly under the agreement. Northbrook Indemnity Company v. First Automotive Service Corporation, Case No. 07-683 (USDC M.D. Fla. Aug. 1, 2008).