Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. v. Nat’l Union Fire Ins. Co.
Goodyear announced in 2003 that it would restate its earnings for some prior years. The next day, shareholders filed class-action lawsuits against Goodyear and several of its officers and directors. The SEC also commenced an investigation. Eventually, the lawsuits were dismissed and the investigation terminated. Goodyear incurred $30 million of legal and accounting costs and sought recovery from two of its insurers. After several years of litigation, Goodyear released its claim against National Union in exchange for payment of $10 million, but the excess policy with Federal states that coverage attaches only after National Union pays out the full amount of its liability limit, which was $15 million rather than the $10 million that National Union paid. The district court granted summary judgment to Federal. The Sixth Circuit affirmed, rejecting arguments based on Ohio’s “public policy favoring settlements,” and that the settlement did not prejudice Federal in any way. View "Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. v. Nat'l Union Fire Ins. Co." on Justia Law