In 2001, American Growers Insurance Company (“Insurer”) filed an action in Iowa district court against Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (“FCIC”) alleging that the FCIC erred under 7 U.S.C. § 1508(j)(3) by adding prevented planting coverage to basic federal crop insurance policies without increasing the premium rate that the insurance company could charge. The district court granted summary judgment in favor of the FCIC for crop year 1996 and in favor of Insurer for crop year 1997, awarding it over $950,000 in damages. Both sides appealed.
The Eighth Circuit found that the indemnification requirement of 7 U.S.C. § 1508(j)(3), under which insurance providers that provide federal crop insurance may seek indemnification due to errors or omissions on the part of the FCIC, was intended to apply only where a crop insurer had been sued by a producer to recover on a claim for loss and not for errors in calculating premiums. Therefore the insurer did not have a cause of action and its claim should have been dismissed by the district court. American Growers Insurance was declared insolvent in 2005 and liquidated. Am. Growers Ins. Co. v. Federal Crop Ins. Corp., No. 07-1655, 07-1749 (8th Cir. July 15, 2008).