Friday, January 11, 2008

Crowley Meritime Corp. v. Boston Old Colony Ins. Co. (Cal. Ct. App. - Jan. 11, 2008)

There's gotta be a sexier way to start a published opinion than this:

"In this case we cross the Atlantic Ocean to consider the relationship, if any, between domestic and foreign insurance agreements in an arbitration dispute involving equitable contribution between insurance companies."

Doesn't exactly make you want to drop everything to read the remaining pages, does it? Truth be told, using the phrases "domestic and foreign insurance agreements," "arbitration," and "equitable contribution between insurance companies" in the same sentence pretty much ensures that I'm going to want to the skip to the end. Or the next case.

But I didn't. And that's 5 minutes of my life I'll never get back.

I'm sure if you're a California meritime insurance lawyer, you'll want to read this one. Then there's the other 299,999,998 of us.

P.S. - Not Justice Marchiano's fault. Just the nature of the beast.