This post is our fourth installment covering this convoluted, international lawsuit involving the Seaton Insurance Company (“Seaton”) and Stonewall Insurance Company (“Stonewall”). The dispute centers around the interpretation of a term sheet that details the termination of the parties’ relationship with respect to the run-off of Seaton’s and Stonewall’s insurance business (see our July 23, 2008, December 22, 2008, and January 20, 2009 posts for more information). Interpreting this term sheet, an English court concluded that the parties agreed to submit all disputes to the exclusive jurisdiction of English courts and that the carve-out provision for “fraud” had only the primary meaning of deceit. Seaton and Stonewall appealed. On the jurisdiction issue, the Court of Appeals affirmed the ruling that any claims for fraud must be brought in England and agreed with the lower court judge who called the prospect of a New York court applying the English concept of fraud a “judicial nightmare.” On the “fraud” issue, the Court of Appeals stated that, in the commercial context, the concept of fraud is broader than the concept of deceit which requires a fraudulent misrepresentation, or an equivalent to fraudulent misrepresentation. The Court of Appeals then set aside the judge’s ruling and substituted a declaration that the “fraud” exception is not limited to claims of deceit; the exception extends in some instances to cases of the dishonest abuse of a fiduciary position. Cavell USA, Inc. v. Seaton Ins. Co. [2009] EWCA 1363 (Dec. 16, 2009).