9th Circ. Upholds Western Heritage Commission Victory

Law360, New York (April 9, 2010, 6:34 PM EDT) -- A federal appeals court has affirmed a ruling in favor of Western Heritage Insurance Co. in long-running litigation sparked by its termination of a general agency and profit-sharing agreement with surplus line broker Sovereign General Insurance Services Inc.

In a ruling handed down Thursday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit upheld the district court's summary judgment against Sovereign, nixing Sovereign's arguments that it was still owed contingent commissions even after the agreement between the two firms was terminated.

Under the terms of the...
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