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Administrative Closing Of Employment Discrimination Case Subject To Arbitration Agreement Bars Appellate Review

In Walker v. TA Operating, LLC et. al., Case No. 14-41046 (5th Cir. May 22, 2015), the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed an appeal of an employment discrimination case subject to an arbitration agreement due to lack of...more

6/18/2015 - Appeals Arbitration Arbitration Agreements Employment Discrimination Federal Arbitration Act Jurisdiction

Credit For Reinsurance Laws – 2015 Legislative And Regulatory Developments

During the first half of 2015, state legislatures and state insurance departments continued to revise state credit for reinsurance laws and regulations. The majority of these legislative and regulatory developments are due to...more

6/16/2015 - Casualty Insurance Department of Insurance Insurance Industry Insurance Regulations NAIC New Legislation Property Insurance Reinsurance

Second Circuit Partially Reverses District Court Preliminary Injunction Order In Aid Of Arbitration

Defendant-appellant Benihana of Tokyo, LLC appealed a 2014 order of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York granting the application of plaintiff-appellee Benihana, Inc. for a preliminary...more

5/29/2015 - Arbitration Federal Arbitration Act License Agreements Preliminary Injunctions Trademarks

Motion For Reconsideration Of Partial Summary Judgment Denied Concerning Liability Cap On Reinsurance Certificates

A district court in New York denied an insurer’s motion for reconsideration of a partial summary judgment order in favor of the reinsurer that concluded that the reinsurance limits set forth nine certificates of reinsurance...more

5/27/2015 - Insurance Industry Motion for Reconsideration Reinsurance Summary Judgment Utica Mutual Insurance Co.

Ohio Proposed Rule Regarding Alternative Reserve Methodology For Special Purpose Captives

The Ohio Department of Insurance has proposed a new rule, Rule 3901-11-05 (the “Proposed Rule”), to establish a process and method that allow a special purpose financial insurance company captive (a “SPFIC Captive”) to...more

5/7/2015 - Captive Insurance Company GAAP NAIC Reinsurance

Council Of The European Union Agrees To Negotiations On Reinsurance

On April 21, 2015, the Council of the European Union (“Council”) issued a mandate to the European Commission (“Commission”) to negotiate an agreement with the United States on reinsurance. The mandate consists of a decision...more

5/5/2015 - Dodd-Frank EU European Commission Federal Insurance Office Reinsurance

District Court Rules On Discovery In Bad Faith Case

In a dispute between the excess and primary liability insurance carriers of a common insured based upon the primary insurer’s alleged breach of the duty to defend the common insured, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern...more

4/16/2015 - Bad Faith Breach of Duty Claims Adjusters Discovery Insurance Litigation Personnel Records

Court Addresses Honorable Engagement Provision In Arbitration Clause

In First State Insurance Company v. National Cas. Co., 2015 WL 1263147, No. 14-1644 (1st Cir. March 20, 2015), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit (the “Court of Appeals”) affirmed the lower court’s refusal to...more

4/15/2015 - Appeals Arbitration Arbitration Awards Contract Interpretation Insurance Litigation Insurers

Trademarks in Cuba, Successful Whistleblowers, Big Data, Health Care Encryption, Jury Instruction Tips [Expect Focus – Vol. 1,...

IN THE SPOTLIGHT · Is your Company Ready to Comply with Encryption of Individually Identifiable Health Information? LIFE INSURANCE · STOLI Schemers Must Make Good on Damages Caused · At the State Level, Is a Fixed-Index...more


New CFPB Consent Orders Point to Growing Indirect Regulation of Title Insurance

The Dodd-Frank Act of 2010 granted rule-making authority under the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) to the CFPB and, with respect to entities under its jurisdiction, generally granted authority to the CFPB to...more

4/7/2015 - Administrative Authority CFPB Consent Order Dodd-Frank Enforcement Actions RESPA Title Insurance

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

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