- Court resolves tension between incorporated and express dispute resolution provisions in an excess layer insurance policy (Catlin v Weyerhaeuser)
- What are the practical implications of this case?
- What was the background?
- What did the court decide?
- Case details
Insurance & Reinsurance analysis: Mr Justice Robin Knowles CBE, sitting in the Commercial Court, held that the claimants in Catlin Syndicate Ltd & Ors v Weyerhaeuser Company were entitled to an order restraining the defendant from pursuing proceedings before the District Court in the State of Washington because the service of suit clause in the relevant excess layer insurance policy did not supersede the parties’ agreement to refer disputes to arbitration in London, in accordance with an arbitration clause that was incorporated into the policy by reference to the provisions of the lead underlying policy.
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