A newly-installed petroleum holding tank in Kuwait was discovered as defective in 2007, and initial repair/replacement estimate was approximately $28 million (US). At that time, the insurers notified the reinsurers, including Beazley, through their broker, Aon. AIG, the lead insurer, took the position that loss was excluded from coverage under a defective design exclusion. Ultimately, that coverage dispute appeared headed toward settlement, with AIG prepared to contribute some $4 million of a reduced $19 million total repair estimate. Beazley, AIG’s reinsurer, and other participating reinsurers, were not informed of these developments at the time. Upon learning about the negotiations later, the reinsurers notified the primary insurers of their objection that the settlement did not take into account the defective design exclusion, and that they did not consent to the settlement. They also pointed to the Claims Control Provision in the reinsurance contracts, which they alleged gave them full control over investigation and settlement. After hearing testimony, the Court held in favor of the primary insurers, finding that the reinsurers were sufficiently apprised of the settlement discussions, and the coverage dispute, as to have had meaningful control over the claim, and that the insurers did not breach that condition.  EWHC 677 (English High Court of Justice, Queen’s Bench, Comm. Div., Mar. 27, 2013).