Paul M. Hummer

Paul Hummer is a commercial litigator whose practice is focused on the representation of insurers and reinsurers in complex civil litigation.  He is the co-chair of Saul Ewing’s Insurance Practice.

Experience

Class Actions 

  • Baker v. Hartford (D. DE): Federal court class action brought by policyholder challenging claim payment practices; dismissal for failure to state a claim affirmed by Third Circuit.
  • Boyko v. AIG et. al. (D. N.J.): Federal court class action brought by policyholder challenging premium collection practices; case settled on favorable terms after national class was limited to less than 40 persons.
  • Edwards v. 21st Century Insurance (D. N.J.): Federal court class action brought by policyholder challenging policy procurement practices; case was resolved on favorable terms.
  • Herman v. Capital Blue Cross (PA): State court class action brought by policyholder challenging corporate governance practices; case dismissed for lack of standing. 
  • Kantorik v. Foremost (PA):  State court class action brought by policyholder challenging form of waiver for UM/UIM benefits; case is ongoing.
  • Sammons v. Hartford (DE): State court class action brought by policyholder challenging timeliness of claim payments; dismissal for lack of standing affirmed by Delaware Supreme Court. 

Commercial Litigation

  • American Alternative Insurance Company v. Howard Bank (MD): Representation of an insurer in litigation with producer and bank to recover premiums collected but not remitted. Full recovery achieved.
  • Cardionet v. Cigna (E.D. PA.): Representation of health insurer and benefit plan administrator in suit by in-network medical providers alleging ERISA and tort claims.
  • Confidential representation of Board of Directors in internal investigation of reserving practices at property and casualty insurer.
  • Confidential representation of companies and individuals in grand jury and SEC investigations into finite reinsurance transactions and broker compensation arrangements.
  • In Re Penn Treaty (PA): Representation of agents in litigation related to solvency of an insurance company; prevented attempt to cut-off commission payments while company was in rehabilitation. 
  • SAP America v. Swiss Re International (E.D. PA): Representation of an insurer in bad faith litigation; stayed case in deference to London arbitration proceedings. 
  • T.D. Bank v. City of Harrisburg (PA): Representation of a bond insurer in litigation against a defaulting municipal guarantor including successful challenge to City’s ability to file for bankruptcy. 

Reinsurance 

  • Century Indemnity v. Munich Re America (E.D. PA): Representation of a reinsurer in suit by a ceding company arising from settlement of environmental liabilities. 
  • Munich Re America v. American National Insurance Company (D. NJ): Representation of a reinsurer in action against a retrocessionare for liabilities arising from workers compensation insurance. Judgment in favor of reinsurer following trial.
  • Munich Re America v. Tower Insurance Company of New York (D. NJ): Representation of a reinsurer in action against a retrocessionare for liabilities arising from habitational risk insurance program. 
  • Confidential arbitration on behalf of a ceding company relating to recovery of losses on a maritime construction program. 
  • Confidential arbitration on behalf of a ceding company relating to recovery of environmental losses. 
  • Confidential arbitration on behalf of ceding company relating to additional premium due to reinsurer.
  • Confidential arbitration on behalf of a ceding company arising from a claim by an insolvent reinsurer for additional premium.
  • Confidential arbitration on behalf of a reinsurer relating to claims under a cut-through endorsement.

Administrative Proceedings 

  • Confidential representation of insurance company officers and directors in negotiation of an Order of Rehabilitation.
  • Confidential representation of insurer operating under Order of Supervision in dealings with insurance departments and third parties.
  • In Re Cigna Corp.:  Representation of applicant in administrative approvals and subsequent appeals of plan of merger and division.
  • In Re Mercer Mutual:  Representation of dissenting policyholders in successful opposition to insurance company demutualization.

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