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Rules Will Allow Issuance of Longevity Insurance in Retirement Plans

On July 1, the U.S. Department of the Treasury (Treasury) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued final rules excluding qualifying longevity annuity contracts (QLACs) from the required minimum distribution rules (RMD...more

Regulators Target Insurance Company Acquisitions by Private Equity Funds

Private equity firms and hedge funds have stepped up efforts to acquire insurance companies in recent years. This has prompted regulators to increasingly air their own unease with the risks they perceive associated with such...more

First tranche of FOFA reforms underway

A number of the government’s FOFA reforms commenced on 1 July 2014 by way of the Corporations Amendment (Streamlining Future of Financial Advice) Regulation. These changes include: - Removal of ‘opt-in’...more

Amlin v Austcorp – It’s all in the wording

In Amlin Corporate Member Ltd v Austcorp Project No 20 Pty Limited [2014] FCAFC 78, the Full Court of the Federal Court rejected the insurers’ argument that certain policies did not respond because the claim was made before...more

Rector Report on reforming reserve financing transactions: much work remains – 6 developments

On June 30, 2014, the NAIC Principle-Based Reserving Implementation (EX) Task Force (PBR Task Force) held a conference call to discuss comments to the modified recommendations to the report issued by Rector & Associates, Inc....more

High Court allows application for permission to bring judicial review proceedings relating to the jurisdiction of the Financial...

In this case report, Sarah Hitchins, an associate in Allen & Overy LLP’s Banking, Finance and Regulatory Litigation Group, considers the High Court’s decision to allow an application for permission to bring judicial review...more

Provision in Lender's Title Insurance Policy Reducing Amount of Insurance by "Payments Made" Does Not Include Lender's Full Credit...

In the case of Bank of Idaho v. First American Title released June 17, 2014, the Idaho Supreme Court covered some new ground and revisited some old ground....more

Managing Risk in an Inhospitable Environment: The Restaurant and Hospitality Industries are an Alluring Destination for Cyber...

The recent onslaught of cybersecurity incidents and payment card thefts dominate daily headlines and have captured the nation’s attention—from the diner whose credit card was compromised during a data breach to the President...more

CFTC Issues No Action Letter On Application Of Swap Rules To Longevity Reinsurance Transaction

There has been considerable concern in the insurance and reinsurance industries that certain hedging and reinsurance activities that companies have engaged in for a number of years, particularly with respect to life insurance...more

D&O Insurance and IPOs: Seven Issues You Need to Consider

As a company prepares for an IPO, the last thing to sometimes be considered is the potential of future litigation. Although going public can of course be a very good thing for a company, its directors, its initial investors...more

New York to D&O Insureds: “You Can’t Relate!” without Sufficient Factual Overlap

In Glascoff v. OneBeacon Midwest Ins. Co., 2014 WL 1876984 (S.D.N.Y. May 8, 2014), the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York held that two claims – which seemingly contained allegations concerning...more

Analysis of Recent Trends in Warranty Insurance in Private Equity M&A Transactions

Although Warranty Insurance in M&A transactions was a novelty product five to ten years ago, Warranty Insurance has now become an industry standard in Europe, largely thanks to its wide use by private equity firms who have...more

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Case Law Update

Conditions Precedent: summary judgment precluded by disputed issues of fact as to extent insured parties sufficiently complied with provisions of homeowners’ insurance policy – Solano v. State Farm Florida Insurance Co., No....more

Storm Clouds Continue to Gather Over Bankruptcy Code’s Safe Harbors

As noted in a previous Sutherland Legal Alert, the American Bankruptcy Institute has formed a Commission to Study the Reform of Chapter 11 (the Commission). To further its goal of proposing changes to modernize the Bankruptcy...more

The Clock Is Ticking: Consider the Delaware Voluntary Disclosure Program Before It Sunsets

The deadline is quickly approaching for participation in the Delaware Secretary of State's Unclaimed Property Voluntary Disclosure Program. Businesses have until June 30, 2014, to enroll in the program, and another year to...more

OCC Integrates Interagency Rules, Proposes Integrated Licensing Rules

On May 16, the OCC issued a final rule to integrate its interagency rules, which would combine, without any substantive amendments, rules related to consumer protection in insurance sales, BSA compliance, management...more

Potential Risks of Healthcare Joint Ventures Between Insurance Companies and Hospitals

Healthcare joint ventures are nothing new. Since the mid-2000’s, physician-hospital ventures have been resurgent, notwithstanding the Office of Inspector General’s skepticism regarding the risk of fraud and abuse when...more

New Minnesota Law Allows Investors to File Lawsuits Seeking to Validate Life Insurance Policies Before They Mature

In most states, carriers may void life insurance policies for lack of insurable interest at any point, even after the two-year contestability period prescribed by statute. This loophole allows insurers to continue collecting...more

Cost of Insurance Litigation -- District Court Says Stick to Enumerated Factors

In a class action challenging a cost of insurance (COI) rate increase, a New York federal district court has stated that an insurer may only consider factors specifically enumerated in the policy when raising COI rates on a...more

First Circuit Orders AIG To Advance Defense Costs In FDIC Suit Because Of “Likelihood Of A Remote Possibility Of Coverage”

On March 31, 2014, the First Circuit reaffirmed the breadth of an insurer’s duty to defend. In W Holding Co., Inc. v. AIG Ins. Co.-Puerto Rico, No. 12–2008, 2014 WL 1280246 (1st Cir. Mar. 31, 2014), the appellate court ruled...more

FIO Focus, Issue No. 50

The President’s Working Group (PWG) on Financial Markets released its report, "The Long-Term Availability and Affordability of Insurance for Terrorism Risk" (Report), on April 17, 2014. The Report was required under the...more

New York Budget Legislation

On March 31, 2014, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law the 2014-2015 New York State Budget (Budget), which results in the most significant overhaul of New York’s franchise tax in decades. The Budget brings...more

New York Department Of Financial Services Fines Metlife Subsidiaries $60 Million

On March 31, 2014, Benjamin M. Lawsky, Superintendent of the New York Department of Financial Services ("NYDFS") announced an Agreement under which MetLife will pay $60 million for insurance licensing violations by two of its...more

New York DFS Obtains Substantial Settlement In Licensing Enforcement Action

On March 31, in an enforcement action with potential implications for a range of financial service providers, the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) announced that an insurance holding company agreed to pay...more

Georgia District Court Judge Rules that FIRREA Precludes D&O Insurer Declaratory Judgment Actions Against FDIC as Receiver and...

On March 5, 2014, Judge Richard Story in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia issued an order denying Plaintiff OneBeacon Midwest Insurance Company’s (OneBeacon) Motion for Limited...more

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