Balboa Insurance Directly Liable for Defense Costs Under Assumption Agreement, Wis. Appeals Court Rules

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WAUKESHA, Wis. — Balboa Insurance Co. is liable for a policyholder’s defense costs incurred in an underlying suit because its reinsurance arrangement with the issuer of the policy “was not a mere reinsurance agreement, but rather an assumption agreement,” a Wisconsin appeals court has ruled.

On Dec. 27, the Wisconsin Court of Appeals, 2nd District, found that under the arrangement, Balboa assumed direct liability for a book of policies issued by Atlantic Mutual Insurance Co., which included the plaintiff’s policy.

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