As a service to clients and interested professionals, the firm has launched a new blog titled “Insurance Law Alert” available at www.insurancelawalert.com.
Written by Massimiliano Di Martino, the blog focuses on the rapidly evolving Italian insurance law, focusing on the new challenges and opportunities presented by European Union action, it also examines key legal issues in today’s insurance and reinsurance market.
– the firm successfully represents the UK branch of a Swiss insurance group in the subrogation action against an Italian entity in bankruptcy proceedings. With regard to this matter, it is important to highlight that the subrogation action of the insurer against a third party liable for the loss indemnified, in the event of bankruptcy proceedings of such third party, the subrogation relates to an unsecured credit (recitius the credit towards the entity in bankruptcy proceedings has no privilege) and as a result the recovery is unlikely. Conversely, in the event the third party is covered by a liability insurance, the claim for compensation against such third party – and accordingly the subrogation action – has a privilege over the indemnity due under the liability insurance cover of the third party, in accordance with artt. 2767 and 2778 n. 11 of the Italian Civil Code.
The Legal Sustainability Alliance (LSA), formerly the Legal Sector Alliance, was founded in 2007 by a group of leading law firms to take positive action on climate change by measuring, reducing and reporting on their carbon footprint.
Since that time the LSA has grown both in size and scope. We are now a collaborative network of nearly 300 firms with members varying from small practices to multinational global firms. Membership is free thanks to the generous contribution of the LSA Executive Firms and The Law Society who provide both financial support and strategic leadership.
The shift of the name from the Legal Sector Alliance to Legal Sustainability Alliance reflects this new wider remit. LSA member firms are committed to looking at and acting on all areas of sustainability.
– the firm has successfully advised Underwriters from the London insurance market in the legal proceedings against the assured at Milan Court. The Underwriters were acting as defendants in the case and the assured was demanding the payment of an indemnity for a theft occurred at premises and covered under a Jewellers’ Block Policy. In its Judgement the Court of Milan ruled that the misrepresentations of the security measures in place at inception, as represented by the assured under the proposal form, entail a gross negligence of the jeweller pursuant to art. 1892 of the Italian Civil Code (1) and accordingly the Underwriters are not bound to pay the sum insured. The Court further ruled that the fact that the security measures were not in place also at the time of the loss entails autonomously a loss caused by gross negligence of the assured pursuant to art. 1900 of the Italian Civil Code (2).
(1) Article 1892 of the Italian Civil Code (“codice civile”) – named Misrepresentations or fraudulent or grossly negligent failure in disclose – provides that “If the contracting party, fraudulently or through gross negligence, misrepresents or fails to disclose circumstances which, if known to the insurer, would have caused him to withhold his consent to the contract, or to withhold his consent on the same conditions, the insurer can annul the contract. The insurer is entitled to the premiums covering the period of insurance running at the time when he petitioned for annulment of the contract, and in all cases to the premiums agreed upon for the first year. If the loss occurs before the expiration of the period indicated in the preceding paragraph, the insurer is not bound to pay the sum insured.“
(2) Article 1900 of the Italian Civil Code (“codice civile”) – named Loss caused by fraud or gross negligence of the Insured – provides that “The insurer is not liable for losses caused by the fraud or gross negligence of the contracting party, of the insured, or of the beneficiary, unless there is an agreement to the contrary for cases of gross negligence.“
– the firm has successfully advised Underwriters from the London insurance market in the legal proceedings against the assured at Pavia Court. The assured, the performing carrier of collection and count services, summoned Underwriters as third party guarantor pursuant to the professional liability cover provided for in its cash in transit policy. In detail, an operator in food & beverage services has contracted to a third party (the contracting carrier) collection and count of cash and other valuables. The contracting carrier has then sub-contracted the services to the assured and on such ground the operator was demanding to the assured the compensation of EUR 2 Million, allegedly disappeared during the performance of the services. In its Judgement the Court of Pavia ruled that the absence of a direct contractual relationship between the operator and the performing carrier exclude a contractual liability of the performing carrier pursuant to art. 1656 of the Italian Civil Code and accordingly the operator has not a direct action against the performing carrier.