Archives for Alternative Dispute Resolution

New York Federal Court Holds That Arbitrators Must Decide Whether Party Waived Right to Arbitrate

In Syngenta Crop Protection, LLC v. Ins. Co. of North America, the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York addressed an action against a liability insurer for coverage for asbestos claims. The policyholder first notified the insurer of the claims in 1999. The insurer responded with a reservation of rights letter explaining why the claims may not be covered. However, the insurer took no further action on the claims. In 2008, the policyholder made a formal demand for indemnification. In 2017, the insurer finally issued a denial of coverage. In its denial, the insurer asserted for
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