Odenbreit rule covers subrogated claims

Today we have another “historical interest” case to be filed away with last week’s CJEU ruling on parasitic claims against policyholders. Hill v Generali Zrt [2021] EWHC 3381 (QB) concerned an English motorist who was involved in an accident with a car in Germany. The other car was insured by the Defendant. This was a…

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CJEU: Keefe was wrong

The CJEU has today handed down judgment in Case C-708/20, BT. We blogged on the background to this judgment here. The CJEU held that an injured party bringing a direct claim in the injured party’s domicile against an insurer cannot use article 13(3) of Brussels I (Recast) to establish jurisdiction against the insured in the…

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CJEU to rule on Keefe question

The CJEU is coming to town with an early Xmas present: I am of course talking about the much anticipated ruling on the so-called “Keefe question” as referred by DJ Hennessy at the last possible moment in Tattersall v Seguros Catalana Occidente SA and Basque (Unreported) Birkenhead County Court, 31 December 2020. The question concerns whether…

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Supreme Court rules on “weaker party” in cross-border insurance claims

Although the Supreme Court’s rulings on vicarious liability and surrogacy costs may have stolen the limelight yesterday, eagle-eyed readers will have spotted the important jurisdiction decision in Aspen Underwriting Ltd & Ors v Credit Europe Bank NV [2020] UKSC 11. The Supreme Court, in overruling the Court of Appeal, made important comments on identification of…

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Jurisdiction – what next?

The “Agreement on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community” has been given effect in the UK by the European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Act 2020. The Withdrawal Agreement is being voted on by the European Parliament today. It must also…

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Thomas Cook mini-series – (2) Alternative avenues for claimants

This blog by Philip Mead forms part of a series on the aftermath of the collapse of the package holiday provider Thomas Cook. A previous blog covers the rights of injured claimants to pursue a remedy where a purchase was made with a credit card. Philip assesses other possible avenues against alternative defendants.

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