Arthur L. Liman, As Trustee in Bankruptcy of A. H. Bull Steamship Co., Plaintiff-appellee, v. American Steamship Owners Mutual Protection and Indemnity Association, Inc., Defendant-appellant, 417 F.2d 627 (2d Cir. 1969)Annotate this Case
Argued October 15, 1969
Decided October 24, 1969
Ambrose Doskow, New York City, (Rosenman, Colin, Kaye, Pteschek, Freund & Emil, Peter F. Nadel, New York City, of counsel), for plaintiff-appellee.
Louis J. Gusmano, New York City, (Kirlin, Campbell & Keating, New York City, of counsel), for defendant-appellant.
Before FRIENDLY, HAYS and ANDERSON, Circuit Judges.
The issue on this appeal from a judgment of the District Court for the Southern District of New York is whether the court properly granted a declaratory judgment that the indemnity insurer of A. H. Bull Steamship Company, now in bankruptcy in that court, is obligated to indemnify the Trustee for the payment of personal injury claims within the scope of the policies. These contain a $1,000 deductible and the Trustee has arranged that upon his payment of a judgment against the estate the claimant will repay $1,000 and become a general creditor for that amount. The insurer argues that all the insured is paying is the net amount plus its expenses and that it is entitled to deduct $1,000 from that sum rather than from the gross recovery and expenses. Judge Mansfield, in a well-considered opinion, 299 F. Supp. 106, held the contrary. We agree and can find nothing to add.