At the end of January, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan denied a motion to stay arbitration pending appeal. The case involves a reinsurance dispute between National Union Fire Insurance Company of Pittsburgh and members of the Meadowbrook Insurance Group. Following an initial arbitration, National Union moved to confirm the award. The court confirmed in part but vacated the portion of the arbitration award dealing with prejudgment interest. As a result, the court ordered the parties to arbitrate the issue of prejudgment interest. Both parties appealed, and National Union filed a motion to amend the judgment and a motion to stay the subsequent arbitration pending appeal.
According to National Union, the parties had already arbitrated the amount and interest in the first arbitration and the district court should have confirmed, vacated, or modified the awards—rather than submitting that question to a new arbitration—which National Union is appealing to the Sixth Circuit. However, the district court noted that the arbitration panel found in favor of National Union “in part because Meadowbrook failed to produce documentation” that would allow it to compute damages and prejudgment interest. Therefore, the district court reasoned, this issue had not already been arbitrated, and National Union was unlikely to succeed on the merits of its appeal. For this reason, among others, the court denied both National Union’s motion to amend the judgment and a motion to stay the subsequent arbitration pending appeal. Star Insurance Co. v. National Union Insurance Co. of Pittsburgh, Case No. 14-12915 (E.D. Mich. Jan. 27, 2016).