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FCA publishes insurance add-ons rules and guidance

FCA has issued a policy statement following its consultation on rules banning opt-out selling across financial services and improving information provided to customers buying general insurance add-ons. In addition FCA has...more

PRA publishes letter on Solvency 2 approvals

PRA has written to Solvency 2 firms providing information on regulatory approvals related to the first day of the new regime under Solvency 2 on 1 January 2016. PRA says that during the final months before implementation, it...more

When is a Vehicle Not a “Vehicle”?

Two police officers were riding in a police car that was struck by an intoxicated underinsured driver. The officer in the passenger seat suffered serious injuries that were inadequately compensated by the tortfeasor’s...more

Connecticut Supreme Court Delivers $35 Million Body Blow to Body Shops

Auto insurers control the cost of collision repairs through the use of direct repair programs. The programs feature networks of auto body repair shops that enter into contracts agreeing to discount labor rates and other...more

PRA makes Rulebook corrections

PRA has published an administration instrument intending to make changes to the PRA Rulebook. These changes will not affect PRA policy as they provide updates and clarity. The corrections coming into place have the following...more

Mississippi Court Holds Defense Costs Outside of Limits

In its recent decision in Federal Ins. Co. v. Singing River Health System, 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 134814 (S.D. Miss. October 2, 2015), the United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi issued a decision...more

Are Insurers Engaged in Deceptive Practices and Illegal Pricing? If so, what can be done about it?

We wish to call attention to a disturbing trend, that even in the highly regulated field of personal lines coverage, homeowners and auto policies, the insurance industry is engaged in courses of conduct designed to write...more

Can an insurer be liable for bad faith failure to settle without a settlement demand?

The Tenth Circuit, applying Oklahoma law, recently became the latest court to rule on this frequently-disputed issue. The court ruled that, while a primary insurer has an affirmative duty to initiate settlement negotiations...more

Lessons from a Diner: Up Front Costs can Save You Money in your Engineering Practice (law note)

I happen to frequent a place in my hometown called Elmo’s Diner.  A lot.  As in, many of the servers know me by name.  The food is good, yes.  The selection is great.  But there is a much more important reason that I go there...more

PRA reports to Defra on climate change adaptation

PRA has submitted its report to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) on climate change adaptation with a focus on insurance. PRA also published a letter to insurers and other industry participants to...more

An Antidote for Deal Risk: R&W Insurance

In today’s robust M&A market, buyers and sellers are both looking for ways to make transactions more attractive to sellers by ensuring that they retain most of the net proceeds after the deal closes. To accomplish this, both...more

Does Wisconsin’s Four-Corners Rule Govern an Insurer’s Duty to Defend?

Those who follow the work of the Wisconsin appellate courts might recognize this question as one that District II of the Court of Appeals certified to the Supreme Court nearly five years ago in Wilkinson v. Arbuckle, 2011 WI...more

IREG Update - October 2015

Hot Topic - How Central United Life v. Burwell will affect the fixed indemnity market - Background - For many years, at least some state insurance regulators have sought to place limitations on the sale of fixed...more

Business Loss Insurance Coverage for Port Explosions in China

Massive explosions occurred at a warehouse in Tianjin, China, in August 2015, that left hundreds of people dead or injured and destroyed much of the city’s port facilities. Tianjin is located in the industrial north of China...more

EIOPA updates Solvency 2 reporting tools

EIOPA has updated the XBRL tool for undertakings (T4U) for Solvency 2 reporting....more

Catching Up To Insurers’ Use of Big Data

Various groups within the NAIC are beginning to study the way in which insurers are using big data. On the property and casualty front, the Market Regulation (D) (Market Reg) Committee is reviewing the use of big data in...more

Construction Briefing - Legal changes affecting construction businesses from 1 October 2015

1 October 2015 ushers in a number of legal changes which affect construction businesses operating in the UK. We have provided brief highlights of some of the changes below. If you need further information, please contact us...more

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Update: Week Ending September 25, 2015

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - Foreclosure/Standing: plaintiff failed to meet the requirement of pre-suit ownership for standing where, although assignment contained a purported effective date before complaint was filed, it was...more

Insurer Victory in IUL Class Action

In a highly-anticipated opinion, a federal district court found for the insurer in a California class action involving alleged improprieties in the sale of indexed universal life insurance policies. Plaintiffs alleged that...more

Rhode Island Supreme Court Decides STOA Case

The Supreme Court of Rhode Island recently considered two questions of first impression: (i) whether an insurable interest requirement applies to an annuity with a death benefit, and (ii) whether an immediate incontestability...more

A Moral Victory But No Damages Awarded in AIG Bailout Litigation

The Court of Federal Claims recently held that the coercive terms of the government’s $85 billion bailout of AIG were illegal. The victory, however, was merely a moral one because plaintiffs walked away with a $0 damage...more

Latest NAIC Cybersecurity News

The National Association of Insurance Commissioners has announced three initiatives in furtherance of its goal to address cybersecurity issues faced by insurance companies, their state regulators, and consumers, which it...more

Phantom Injury Dooms “Shadow Insurance” Case

A recent federal district court decision dismissing a putative class action complaint against AXA Equitable Life Insurance Company may portend trouble for plaintiffs pursuing a number of similar so-called "shadow insurance"...more

Louisiana Legislation Repeals Authority To Enter NIMA

The Louisiana House of Representatives’ Bill 259, effective July 1, 2015 as Act 386, repeals the authority of the state’s insurance commissioner to enter the Non-Admitted Insurance Multi-State Agreement (“NIMA”) or other...more

Florida to Decide What Test Applies When Concurrent Multiple Perils Cause a Loss

For years, Florida courts have been seesawing between two different doctrines to determine whether there is coverage under a property policy when two perils – one excluded and one included — combine to cause a loss. Two...more

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