Steadfast Insurance Company entered into a settlement agreement with its insured, Barton Malow Enterprises after agreeing to pay $15 million on Barton’s claim. The settlement included a complete release of all claims by Steadfast against Barton and its affiliates and subsidiaries. Thereafter, Steadfast discovered that it had purchased reinsurance covering a portion of the settlement proceeds under a reinsurance agreement with United Integrity. United denied the claim, arguing that Steadfast released United because United was in fact a wholly-owned subsidiary of Barton’s. Steadfast then served an arbitration demand on United pursuant to the arbitration clause in their reinsurance agreement. Barton and United responded by filing suit against Steadfast, which moved to stay the action pending arbitration. Barton and United opposed the motion for stay, arguing that the later-executed settlement agreement overrode the arbitration provision. The court disagreed and stayed the case pending arbitration. The arbitration provision was not superseded by the settlement agreement because the settlement agreement did not specifically preclude arbitration. Moreover, United’s claims fell within the scope of the arbitration provision; the claims implicated both sides’ rights and obligations under the reinsurance agreement. Finally, although Barton was not a party to the reinsurance agreement, the court found that judicial economy warranted staying Barton’s claims against Steadfast pending conclusion of the arbitration. Barton Malow Enterprises, Inc. v. Steadfast Insurance Co., No. 14-cv-7347 (USDC S.D.N.Y. Dec. 31, 2014).