A federal district court adopted in part, and vacated in part the report and recommendation of a magistrate judge on defendant TIG Insurance Company’s motion for partial summary judgment, which sought rulings that: (1) Illinois law governed a reinsurance coverage dispute and that, therefore, TIG could deny coverage without showing prejudice from untimely notice; (2) AIU Insurance Company breached the reinsurance contracts by providing late notice of its 2001 claim; and (3) TIG did not provide reinsurance coverage for the period from October 1, 1981 through October 1, 1982. AIU issued four umbrella insurance policies covering the period from October 1, 1978 to October 1, 1982. AIU subsequently reinsured its exposure under three of the umbrella insurance policies, covering the period from October 1, 1978 to October 1, 1981, with TIG’s predecessor company under nine reinsurance certificates. AIU later sought reimbursement for certain settlement payments pursuant to the reinsurance certificates by submitting a reinsurance claim to a TIG affiliate, which responded by citing the certificates’ prompt notice provision, and reserving its rights. On this denial, AIU brought an action alleging breach of contract and seeking declaratory relief based on TIG’s failure to pay amounts due.
The magistrate judge assigned found that Illinois law governed the dispute and that, under Illinois law, a reinsurer need not demonstrate prejudice to deny coverage to a reinsured which has failed to comply with a policy provision requiring prompt notice of claims. The magistrate judge further found that TIG did not provide reinsurance coverage for the period from October 1, 1981 through October 1, 1982 because AIU conceded that after filing its complaint it became aware that TIG had not, in fact, reinsured AIU for this period. The magistrate judge, however, further recommended that TIG’s motion be denied without prejudice to the extent it sought a ruling that AIU breached the reinsurance certificates by failing to provide prompt notice of a 2001 claim. On that point, questions clouded the issue of AIU’s knowledge of potential claims. AIU Insurance Co. v. TIG Insurance Co., Case No. 07-7052 (USDC S.D.N.Y. Feb. 11, 2010) (report and recommendation of magistrate judge).
The district judge declined to adopt the report and recommendation, except to the extent the parties did not dispute that coverage did not exist between October 1, 1981 and October 1, 1982. Because discovery was still being conducted on all the issues, summary judgment was premature. AIU Insurance Co. v. TIG Insurance Co., Case No. 07-7052 (USDC S.D.N.Y. Mar. 9, 2010) (order of district judge).