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ACE AMERICAN INSURANCE COMPANY v. M-I, L.L.C.

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Case Number: 
4:10-cv-02931 Search Pacer
ACE Group party(s): 
Opposing Party: 
M-I, L.L.C.
Court Type: 
Federal
US District Court: 
Southern District of Texas
Date Filed: 
Aug 16 2010

"1. ACE broadly insures M-I against claims for bodily injury and property damage. When faced with the largest disaster in the history of oil and gas exploration in the Gulf of Mexico, M-I turned to its primary insurer, ACE.
2. Rather than honor its contractual obligations, ACE ignored M-I with a willful disregard for the harm inflicted upon its insured or ACE’s own responsibilities under its policies of insurance and the Texas Insurance Code. ACE failed to properly acknowledge M-I’s notices of the Deepwater Horizon catastrophic event and resultant claims, refused to respond to M-I’s requests for information and did not ask for documents or other materials from M-I to investigate the claims. Instead, ACE filed a peremptory coverage lawsuit against M-I before ACE ever informed M-I of its coverage decision.
3. For all of these improper actions and more, M-I files the following counter-claims against ACE. M-I further seeks a determination of coverage for specific Deepwater Horizon claims under the applicable policies. M-I asks that the Court place this case on a fast-track for resolution. Whether or not ACE owes M-I a duty to defend can be resolved via summary judgment, albeit on a case-by-case basis, by comparing the underlying complaints to the policies’ terms. M-I needs guidance from the Court so that it can effectively defend against and resolve the maze of Deepwater Horizon claims."

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