As we reported on November 1, 2012, a federal court confirmed an arbitration award in favor of AXA Versicherung AG in a long-running reinsurance dispute with New Hampshire Insurance Company and other AIG affiliated entities. The $10 million award provided interest to be paid at 6.5%, compounded annually. AIG asked AXA for an extension on its deadline to pay the award. AXA agreed on the condition that AIG would not challenge the award and, further, that AIG would pay 6.5% interest until the award was paid in full.

AIG mistakenly sent payment to a former AXA affiliate that had been sold to an unrelated third-party. It took six weeks for the money to be returned to AIG. AIG argued that it should only have to pay interest at the lower stautory rate during this six-week period because AXA had not cooperated in obtaining a return of the funds. The court ruled in AXA’s favor, holding that AIG had to pay the 6.5% interest as agreed and, moreover, that it was AIG’s responsibility to make payment to the proper party. AXA Versicherung AG v. New Hampshire Insurance Co., Case No. 1:12-c-06009 (USDC S.D.N.Y. Apr. 22, 2013)