Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Appeals Court affirms that subrogation agreement does not transfer ownership

About a year and a half ago I wrote about a Superior Court decision in Apthorp v. OneBeacon Ins. Group, LLC. In that case an insurer had paid a claim of $25,000 for a stolen painting. Decades later the painting was found and had increased in value to between $400,000 and $800,000. The insurer claimed ownership of the painting, because the insured subrogated to the insurer all its right, title and interest in the property. Judge Garsh disagreed, stating that subrogation of rights and transfer of ownership are not the same.

The Massachusetts Appeals Court has affirmed the decision in 78 Mass. App. Ct. 115 (2010), adopting the reasoning of Judge Garsh.

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