Cruise and Maritime Services International Limited v Navigators Underwriting Agency Limited [2017] EWHC 843 (Comm) – Athens Convention, Insurance

This blog post is by James Beeton of 12 King’s Bench Walk.

In this short but interesting judgment, Knowles J considered the liability of insurance underwriters in the context of sums paid out by a cruise company following a sickness outbreak on a cruise ship. His judgment emphasises the centrality in disputes of this nature of the contractual relationship between the various parties and the wording of the relevant policy.

This case involved an outbreak of norovirus on a cruise ship in July 2009, which was significant enough that the voyage had to be cut short. The head charterers of the vessel held a policy of insurance underwritten by the Defendant. The Claimant cruise company was named as a co-insured under that policy. The affected passengers were told that they would receive payments from their various tour operators to cover the amount they had paid for the cruise along with other sums. The Claimant agreed to meet those costs and then sought an indemnity against the liabilities it claimed to have incurred as the ‘contracting carrier’ under the Athens Convention 1974. Continue reading Cruise and Maritime Services International Limited v Navigators Underwriting Agency Limited [2017] EWHC 843 (Comm) – Athens Convention, Insurance

MIDTOWN ACQUISITIONS LP V ESSAR GLOBAL FUND LTD [2017] EWHC 519 – ENFORCEMENT OF FOREIGN JUDGMENTS

If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck and quacks like a duck… In this blog post, Patrick Vincent of 12 King’s Bench Walk looks at a recent attempt to escape enforcement of a New York judgment in England on various grounds.

The Claimant obtained two judgments for a total of US$587m in the courts of New York. It did so pursuant to Rule 3218 of the New York Civil Practice Law & Rules (“CPLR”). That rule enables a claimant to enter judgment against a defendant who has “confessed to judgment” by affidavit (“a judgment by confession”), without an action being brought or notice being given. The Defendant had signed such affidavits in the course of negotiating its liabilities to the Claimant.

The English court hearing in front of Teare J determined (i) the Defendant’s challenge to jurisdiction (ii) the Claimant’s application for summary judgment in its action upon one of the New York judgments and (iii) the Defendant’s application for any judgment to be stayed. The applications were heard together by consent. Continue reading MIDTOWN ACQUISITIONS LP V ESSAR GLOBAL FUND LTD [2017] EWHC 519 – ENFORCEMENT OF FOREIGN JUDGMENTS