A federal district court in Massachusetts has confirmed and entered as a judgment of the court an arbitration award in favor of Certain Underwriters at Lloyd’s, London against Century Indemnity Company regarding reinsurance coverage they provided for a set of claims against Boy Scouts of America (BSA) for sexual molestation by individuals associated with BSA in the 1960s and 1970s.
Century had provided insurance to BSA under 8 policies between 1963 and 1971, and the Underwriters had agreed to reinsure those policies. In the late 1990s, BSA submitted dozens of claims regarding BSA’s alleged liability for sexual molestation claims, and Century settled these claims. The dispute with the reinsurer’s at Lloyd’s of London arose out of the manner in which Century, per an agreement with BSA, chose to allocate these settlement payments among the BSA policies, such that all payments to a particular claimant were allocated to the policy of the first year of the alleged conduct against that individual. Century also combined all claims from a particular year into a single loss for reinsurance purposes.
The Underwriters refused to pay Century’s reinsurance claim, arguing that the manner of allocating losses to the first year of the alleged conduct “was counterfactual” and the agreement with BSA to do it that way “was not the product of a reasonable and business-like investigation.” Century took the dispute to arbitration, and the panel issued an award in the Underwriters’ favor.