Plaintiff Backups Plus Computer Services, LLC (Backups) owned hard drives which failed. Plaintiff GF&C Holding Company (GF&C) was a client of Backups and stored its data on Backup’s servers. After the failure of the hard drives, Backups and GF&C both submitted claims to Harford Casualty Insurance Company (Hartford), which had issued policies to both companies. Hartford submitted a claim to its reinsurer, Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection & Insurance Company (HSB). HSB then engaged an independent analyst, LWG, to examine the hard drives and determine the cause of the failure. LWG determined that the damage was the result of normal wear and tear, not a covered risk under the policy. HSB advised Hartford that it would not pay a claim under the reinsurance agreement, and Hartford denied the claims submitted by Backups and GF&C.

Plaintiffs sued both Hartford and HSB. The district court granted the reinsurer’s motion for summary judgment on all claims. The court noted that plaintiffs’ counsel acknowledged at oral argument that there was no privity between the plaintiffs and the reinsurer. Consequently, there was no contract that could be breached and no implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing or bad faith. GF&C Holding Co. v. Hartford Casualty Insurance Co., Case No. 11-236 (USDC D. Idaho March 15, 2013).