The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed judgment in favor of Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (“Mass Mutual”) in a case brought against it by its reinsurer, Employers Reinsurance Company (“ERC”). ERC and Mass Mutual were parties to an Excess Disability Income Reinsurance Agreement. ERC and Mass Mutual later entered into a Claim Review Agreement, allowing ERC to make non-binding settlement recommendations. After Mass Mutual revealed some of its own claims reporting errors to ERC, ERC concluded that Mass Mutual had breached the reinsurance treaty and sued Mass Mutual, asserting breach of contract, breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing, and declaratory claims. Mass Mutual countered, making similar claims against ERC. The parties cross-moved for summary judgment and the trial court granted Mass Mutual’s motion and denied ERC’s. ERC appealed, but the Eighth Circuit Court affirmed the trial court’s decision and findings that the reinsurance agreement contained a “follow the settlements” provision, and that this ultimately allowed Mass Mutual to settle claims as it saw fit, whether or not the CRA required it to consider ERC’s non-binding recommendations. (We posted on the District Court’s decisions four times: September 15, 2010 (pre-judgment interest), July 12, 2010 (1292(b) appeal certification request), November 20, 2008 (reconsideration and appeal certification) and September 2, 2008 (summary judgment). Employers Reinsurance Co v. Massachusetts Mutual Life Ins. Co., No. 10-3099 (8th Cir. Sept. 7, 2011).