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Montana Amends Expands Surplus Lines Statute

Effective February 25, 2015, Montana’s surplus lines law, Section 33-2-301 and 33-2-302, M.C.A., (the “Surplus Lines Insurance Law”) was expanded to authorize natural disaster multi-peril insurance to be sold as surplus lines...more

3/26/2015 - Insurance Industry Natural Disasters Surplus Lines Insurance

Georgia Provides Guidance on Variable Annuity Sales Disclosures

On March 19, the Georgia Office of Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner (the "Department") issued Bulletin 15-EX-1 (the "Bulletin") to clarify Georgia's required variable annuity sales disclosures. This guidance follows the...more

3/26/2015 - Disclosure Requirements Insurance Industry Variable Annuities

South Dakota Revises Statutes Regarding Regulation Of Captive Insurance Companies

House Bill 1180 (2015), signed into law February 27, 2015, amends Chapter 56-46 of the South Dakota Insurance Code, Captive Law, to allow the formation and regulation of agency captive insurance companies in South Dakota. As...more

3/25/2015 - Amended Legislation Captive Insurance Company Insurance Industry

Federal Office Of Insurance Requests Comments For TRIA Certification Study

Section 107 of the Terrorism Risk Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2015 (the “Reauthorization Act”) requires the Secretary of the Treasury (“Secretary”) to conduct a study of the certification process required under...more

3/5/2015 - Certifications TRIA U.S. Treasury

Interim TRIA Guidance Issued By Department Of Treasury

As previously reported, the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (“TRIA” or the “Program”) was re-authorized and signed into law on January 12, 2015 (the “Reauthorization Act”). On February 4, 2015, the Department of Treasury...more

3/3/2015 - Insurance Industry Interim Guidance NAIC Terrorism Insurance TRIA U.S. Treasury

Georgia Office of Insurance Issues Escrow Requirement Reminder to Continuing Care Communities

On February 9, the Georgia Office of the Insurance Commissioner (OIC) issued Directive 15-EX-1 reminding providers of continuing care and limited continuing care communities to maintain and demonstrate compliance with the...more

2/17/2015 - Continuing Care Retirement Communities Escrow Accounts Healthcare

State Insurance Regulators Target Insurers' Responses to Cyber-Attacks

Cyber-attacks are becoming increasingly common and destructive, with the recent incidents involving Sony and Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield serving as cautionary tales. As a result, state insurance regulators are focusing on...more

2/13/2015 - Anthem Blue Cross Cyber Attacks Cybersecurity Insurance Companies Insurance Industry NYDFS Sony State Regulators

U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission Grants Relief From Commodity Pool Operator Obligations Concerning Insurance-Linked...

In CFTC Letter No. 14-145 Exemption (November 12, 2014) and CFTC Letter No. 14-152 No-Action (December 18, 2014), the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (DSIO)...more

2/13/2015 - CFTC CPOs DSIO Exemptions Registration Requirement

Ninth Circuit Court Of Appeals Grants Writ Of Mandamus To Vacate Order Granting Disqualification Of Arbitrator

In In Re Sussex, No. 14-70158 (9th Cir. Jan. 27, 2015), the Ninth Circuit determined that the district court erred in holding that its decision to intervene mid-arbitration was justified under Aerojet-General Corp. v. Am...more

2/11/2015 - Arbitration Arbitrators Federal Arbitration Act Writ of Mandamus

Terrorism Risk Insurance Program Reauthorized

On January 12, 2015, the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act Program (“TRIA” or “Program”), which was originally adopted in 2002 to provide a federal backstop to protect insurers from catastrophic claims arising from terrorist...more

1/21/2015 - Insurance Industry Terrorism Insurance TRIA

Expect Focus - Spot The Regulator, Volume IV, Fall 2014

In This Issue: - IN THE SPOTLIGHT ..Crisis Management: Five Steps to Take Before Providing That Comment - LIFE INSURANCE ..Third Circuit Limits ERISA Fiduciary Liability to those with Ultimate...more

1/16/2015 - Automotive Loans CFTC Class Action Consumer Complaint System Data Breach Divorce Driverless Cars FCC Healthcare HIPAA Insurance Industry Life Insurance Money Market Funds Mortgages NAIC Private Equity Funds STOLI Unsolicited Faxes

Florida Remains a Non-Member of The Interstate Insurance Product Regulation Commission

During the Summer NAIC meeting, the Interstate Insurance Product Regulation Commission (IIPRC) confirmed it does not recognize Florida as having entered the IIPRC Compact because Florida’s Compact Statute contains material...more

1/6/2015 - Interstate Compacts NAIC

New Year, New Disclosures

On December 29, the Florida Department of Financial Services (FDFS) published Proposed Rule 69B-215.090 (the "Proposed Surrender Disclosure Rule") setting forth the disclosures required when a surrender of any cash value life...more

1/2/2015 - Cash Value Department of Financial Services Disclosure Requirements Life Insurance Proposed Regulation

Appeal Dismissed In Instituto Nacional De Seguros V. Hemispheric Reinsurance Group, L.L.C. Et Al.

We have posted on this case filed against two reinsurance brokers several times. Since our last posting regarding this case, which reported on the results of the trial, an appeal was filed in Florida’s Third District Court...more

12/11/2014 - Appeals Dismissals Insurance Brokers Reinsurance

Court Reverses Denial Of Petition To Compel Arbitration

In Mahmud v. Ralph’s Grocery Company, No. B237636 CA 2/4 (Nov. 10, 2014), the California Second Appellate District reversed and remanded a trial court denying the petition of an employer (Ralph’s) to compel arbitration of a...more

12/8/2014 - Arbitration Class Action Class Certification Former Employee NLRA Ralphs Reinsurance Remand Wage and Hour

Maryland Insurance Administration Prohibits Use of Price Optimization to Rate Property & Casualty Insurance Policies

On October 31, the Maryland Insurance Administration (MIA) issued Bulletin 14-23 (the "Bulletin") to property and casualty insurers. It prohibits the use of price optimization in setting rates for policies issued in Maryland....more

11/14/2014 - Casualty Insurance Insurance Rates Insurers Property Insurance

California Legislation Regarding Credit For Reinsurance Signed Into Law

On September 16, 2014, Assembly Bill No. 2734 (“AB 2734”) was signed into law. AB 2734 authorizes trusteed surplus to be reduced to not less than 30% of the assuming insurer’s liabilities attributable to reinsurance ceded by...more

10/31/2014 - Escrow Accounts Insurers New Legislation Reinsurance

Commonwealth Court Of Pennsylvania Approves Reinsurance Commutation Agreement

On September 4, 2014, the receivership court for the Reliance Insurance Company (“Reliance’) estate (the “Reliance Estate”) approved a settlement agreement allowing the Liquidator to terminate and commute the obligations...more

10/28/2014 - Judicial Settlement Agreements Receivership Reinsurance Reliance Standard Life Insurance

Florida Modifies Its Annuity Suitability Rule

On October 1, the Florida Department of Financial Services (DFS) amended Florida Administrative Code Rule 69B-162.011, "Suitability and Disclosures in Annuity Contracts – Forms Required" (the Suitability Rule). This amendment...more

10/9/2014 - Annuities Department of Financial Services Life Insurance

Court Determines Reinsurer Obligation To Pay For Combined Loss And Expense Capped At The Dollar Amount Stated In The Reinsurance...

The United States District Court for the Southern District of New York granted partial summary judgment to plaintiff reinsurer seeking a declaration that the dollar amount stated in the “Reinsurance Acceptance” section of...more

10/8/2014 - Damage Caps Insurance Certificates Reinsurance

Rhode Island Division Of Insurance Amends Credit For Reinsurance Regulation

Effective September 2, 2014, Insurance Regulation 59 entitled “Credit for Reinsurance” is amended to update the regulation to the current version of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) Model Regulation...more

10/7/2014 - NAIC Reinsurance

State Regulators Eye Complex Products Marketing

Joseph P. Borg, Director of the Alabama Securities Commission, and James R. Mumford, First Deputy Insurance Commissioner in Iowa, raised state securities and insurance regulatory concerns at this summer’s Insured Retirement...more

9/29/2014 - Complex Financial Products Fraud IRA Marketing REIT Securities Fraud

NAIC Unclaimed Life Insurance Benefits Working Group Recommends Development of Model Law and Comment Letter to Uniform Law...

On September 17, 2014, the NAIC's Unclaimed Life Insurance Benefits (A) Working Group (Working Group) discussed its recommendations to the Life Insurance and Annuities (A) Committee (the (A) Committee) concerning unclaimed...more

9/23/2014 - Life Insurance NAIC Proposed Legislation Unclaimed Life Insurance Benefits Act

Defamation Action Regarding Fraudulent Accounting Claim Withstands Motion To Dismiss

Action by Greenberg against Spitzer for defamation based on public statements by Spitzer about Greenberg’s stewardship of AIG regarding, among other things, Spitzer’s assertion that Greenberg engaged in fraudulent accounting....more

9/19/2014 - Accounting Defamation Fraud Motion to Dismiss

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