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Munich Re Wins Arbitration it Initially Resisted, and Parties Agree to Dismiss Federal Lawsuit Against Munich Re as a Result

Alabama Municipal Insurance Corporation (AMIC) has agreed to dismiss with prejudice its federal lawsuit against Munich Re after an arbitrator rendered judgment against AMIC in a case we previously wrote about. Munich Re had resisted arbitration, contending that AMIC’s claim did not arise under a contract which contained an arbitration clause. The district court disagreed, finding that another contract applied to the claim and that contract provided for “final and binding” arbitration of disputes. Despite losing the initial round, Munich Re has emerged victorious from the arbitration it initially sought to avoid, and the court dismissed AMIC’s lawsuit with prejudice on December 7, 2018, pursuant to the parties’ joint request. Alabama Municipal Insurance Corporation v. Munich Reinsurance America, Inc., Case No. 2:16-cv-00948-WHA-SRW (USDC M.D. Ala. Dec. 7, 2018) (final judgment); (Nov. 9, 2018 Joint Status Report Regarding Arbitration).

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 Benjamin E. Stearns, Regulatory attorney, Carlton Fields

Benjamin Stearns’s practice focuses on regulated industries, primarily medical marijuana and property and casualty insurance. Benjamin works with state regulators to resolve compliance matters and negotiate enforcement actions. He also lobbies the Florida Legislature, and has testified before legislative committees.

In addition, Benjamin litigates insurance coverage matters and contests of government contract awards. He represented the state of Florida in an original action against Georgia in the United States Supreme Court over the apportionment of the waters in the Chattahoochee-...