A federal district court has denied an insurer’s motion for summary judgment on a breach of contract claim, rejecting Liberty National Life’s argument that it contracted to its reinsurer all obligations owed under a ceded policy. At issue was a reinsurance and assumption agreement where Liberty ceded to its reinsurer a number of policies. The reinsurer agreed to “assume and carry out all contractual terms, conditions and provisions” in the ceded policies and “assumed the obligations of the liabilities” for all losses and claims arising out of the ceded policies. Liberty argued that the terms of the agreement absolved it from all contractual liability owed to its policyholders. The court disagreed. Though the agreement was an assumption (as opposed to an indemnity) reinsurance agreement and the reinsurer therefore stepped into Liberty’s shoes with respect to the ceded policy, Liberty remained liable unless there was a novation of the ceded policy substituting the reinsurer for Liberty. Finding Liberty had not submitted sufficient evidence to show a novation, the court denied Liberty’s motion for summary judgment on the breach of contract claim. The court did grant Liberty summary judgment on the bad faith claim, finding the plaintiff had failed to show any tortious or unreasonable act on Liberty’s part. The court also rejected arguments as to the inadmissibility of Liberty’s summary judgment evidence, finding that Liberty’s admissions and the agreement itself were admissible and could be considered. Evans v. Liberty National Life Insurance Co., No. 13-CV-0390 (USDC N.D. Okla. Nov. 12, 2014).