The Plaintiff, Pine Top Receivables of Illinois, LLC brought an action in Illinois federal court against Banco de Seguros del Estado, an entity wholly owned by Uruguay. Pine Top claimed that Banco de Seguros owed Pine Top $2,352,464.08 under certain reinsurance contracts. Pine Top’s complaint sought to compel arbitration, and alternately sought entry of judgment for breach of contract. Banco Seguros answered the complaint, and Pine Top moved to strike the answer for failure to post pre-pleading security as required under Illinois’s unauthorized foreign insurer statute, § 215 ILCS 5/123(5).
The trial court held, and the Seventh Circuit affirmed on interlocutory appeal, that Banco Seguros was not required to post security, following Second Circuit precedent which held that an attachment of any sort (like pre-judgment security) was violative of the broad grant of immunity to foreign governments afforded by the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act.
The Seventh Circuit also affirmed the trial court’s ruling denying Pine Top’s motion to compel arbitration, finding that Pine Top’s rights under the reinsurance contracts, which had been assigned to it by the Liquidator of the defunct primary insurer that originally entered into the agreements with Banco Seguros, were limited to the collections of certain debts, but it was not assigned all rights and duties under the treaties, and thus was not assigned the right to arbitrate. Pine Top Receivables of Illinois, LLC v. Banco de Seguros del Estado, No. 13–1364 (7th Cir. Nov. 7, 2014)