In a dispute between reinsurers Trenwick America Reinsurance Corp. and IRC Re Limited regarding the alleged breach by IRC Re of a retrocessional reinsurance agreement, a court applied the “follow the fortunes” doctrine to find that IRC violated the agreement in bad faith. The dispute arose when IRC Re “at the 11th hour” denied the existence of a written reinsurance agreement and refused to pay its share of the liabilities arising from the underlying insurance program. The court found that an unwritten agreement existed based on IRC Re’s conduct (e.g., accepting premium payments), correspondence, and testimony from other parties involved in the program. The 56 page opinion contains extensive discussion regarding the existence and terms of the reinsurance contract, its place in a larger reinsurance program, and IRC’s conduct in the reinsurance dispute. IRC Re was not permitted to raise claim payment defenses due to the “follow the fortunes” doctrine. The court found that the doctrine was customary in the reinsurance industry and was therefore applicable even in the absence of a written agreement. The court further held that IRC Re, its CEO, and IRC Re’s affiliate responsible for managing the underlying insurance program, violated the Massachusetts unfair and deceptive trade practices statute. With the program’s manager and the program’s reinsurer “aligned on the same side” there was “little chance of resolving the claim in a timely fashion and surely without litigation” and they “did everything they could to obfuscate the issues and stall their ultimate resolution.” Trenwick America Reinsurance Corp. v. IRC, Inc., Case No. 07-12160 (USDC D. Mass. Feb. 16, 2011).