- Australia—NSW Court of Appeal overturns first instance decision that fraudulent withdrawals were not sufficiently ‘related’ to aggregate (Bank of Queensland Ltd v AIG Australia Ltd)
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Insurance & Reinsurance analysis: The New South Wales Court of Appeal Supreme Court has reversed the Supreme Court’s first instance decision in Bank of Queensland Ltd v AIG Australia Ltd that a series of fraudulent withdrawals from an investment account, which were the subject of a class action against the insured, did not aggregate for the purposes of applying an AUS$2m per claim policy retention. The Court of Appeal reversed the first instance decision, ruling that each of the 192 claims comprising a class action against the insured arose from ‘Wrongful Acts’ that were ‘related’ because the insured’s ‘knowledge of fraud’ in each instance was a sufficient unifying factor. Only one retention was therefore applicable to the insured’s claim under the policy in respect of the class action.
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