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Combating climate change: NYDFS calls on insurance industry to help

by Hogan Lovells on

On 26 July 2017, the New York Department of Financial Services (the “NYDFS”) issued Circular Letter No. 9 (2017) (the “Circular Letter”) and a corresponding press release, directed at all life, property/casualty, and health...more

Statutory Duties to consider in Underwriting (including some that deal with animals)

by Pessin Katz Law, P.A. on

Keep in mind that statutes or ordinances can be a source of a duty of care towards members of a specific class. See, e.g., Kiriakos v. Phillips, 448 Md. at 495, 139 A.3d 1006 (concluding that a social host owes a duty to...more

DOL Fiduciary Rule Status Update for Fraternal Benefit Societies

by Stinson Leonard Street on

In papers filed as part of a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, the Department of Labor (DOL) has stated that they are considering a further delay of the effective date for full implementation...more

Travelers Fails to Pull a Rabbit out of its Hat and Must Defend its Insured

by Nossaman LLP on

In a recent federal court decision out of Colorado, Travelers failed to convince the Court that it had no duty to defend its insured based on its IP exclusion (barring coverage for patent infringement claims). Travelers’...more

Real Property & Title Insurance Update: Week Ending August 11, 2017

by Carlton Fields on

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - Foreclosure/Short Sale/Statute of Limitations: Florida Statute section 95.11(5)(h)’s one year statute of limitations period does not apply to bar Bank’s cause of action for deficiency judgment...more

First Look - Summer 2017: Issues and Developments in Insurance Law

by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC on

The first step in any coverage analysis is determining who is an insured. Sounds easy, right? Not necessarily. As commentators have noted, “[t]here is a distinction between a ‘named insured’ and an ‘insured.’” Indeed, another...more

The ABC's of ACV in Subrogation Claims

Oftentimes, during the course of a subrogation claim, third-party liability adjusters will refuse to pay the full amount of the “Repair Cost Value” (“RCV”) of the damages demanded, and contend that they only owe “Actual Cash...more

The Privilege Maintains Its Power: Texas Supreme Court Blocks Discovery of Insurer Attorney’s Billing Information

by Carlton Fields on

When (if ever) are an insurer’s attorney’s fees and billing information discoverable in a coverage dispute? Though the question is straightforward, the answer can vary from case to case and jurisdiction to jurisdiction. The...more

Class Action Involving Application of Deductible to Actual Cash Value Payment

An emerging issue in class action litigation against the insurance industry involves an attempt by plaintiffs’ attorneys to argue that insurers should not be permitted to apply any deductible to payments made on an actual...more

NAIC Cybersecurity Working Group Votes to Approve Insurance Data Security Model Law

by Carlton Fields on

The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) Cybersecurity (EX) Working Group (Cybersecurity WG) approved Version 6 (Finalized) of its Insurance Data Security Model Law (Model) on August 7 at the NAIC Summer...more

Update on Labor Depreciation Class Actions

There have been two recent federal district court decisions in the widespread class action litigation involving the application of depreciation to the labor cost component of replacement cost value on property insurance...more

District Courts Buck Trend on Fidelity Coverage for Social Engineering and Business Email Compromise Schemes

by Carlton Fields on

The FBI continues to warn that losses are on the rise from business email compromise (BEC) or “social engineering” schemes, which the Bureau describes as: Carried out by transnational criminal organizations that employ...more

Recent Case Highlights Insurance Recovery Strategies and Pitfalls for Commercial Policyholders

A recent Minnesota coverage decision provides guideposts for a commercial policyholder’s proper handling of an insurance claim as well as a cautionary tale regarding an excess insurer’s attempt to readjudicate liability in a...more

Texas Reforms Insurance Litigation – Section 542A of the Texas Insurance Code 60 Days to Get Your House in Order

by Cozen O'Connor on

Texas has finally enacted statutory reforms specifically designed to combat abusive insurance litigation. Enacted primarily in response to hailstorm lawsuits, the scope of the reforms are much broader. Effective September 1,...more

DFS Cyber Regulation Countdown: Who Should Certify Compliance?

Companies subject to New York’s Department of Financial Services (DFS) new cybersecurity regulation should be preparing to comply with the first round of requirements by the upcoming August 28th deadline: enacting a...more

Avoiding Management Struggles When it Comes to Data Breaches: Part 5

by Bryan Cave on

The best way for a company to handle a data breach is to be prepared. As we discuss in our data breach readiness handbook, preparation includes, among other things, drafting an incident response plan, reviewing...more

DOL to Propose Extension of Fiduciary Rule Transition Period

by Morgan Lewis on

The proposal is expected to delay additional conditions of exemptions from January 1, 2018 to July 1, 2019, but the ultimate length of delay will not be clear until the DOL publishes a final rule....more

To Fee Or Not To Fee, That Is The Question: The Florida Supreme Court Finds Coverage For Proposal For Settlement Sanctions In...

To understand the implications of Macedo II, it is important to understand what brought us here. It’s a long and bumpy road, but understanding what brought us here will be critical in order to understanding how to go...more

Connecticut Insurance Department Issues Bulletin on Data Security Requirements

We previously outlined the requirements of the Connecticut data breach law when it was amended in 2015, including the requirement to implement a comprehensive information security program (CISP)....more

Georgia Revamps Law Governing Captive Insurance Companies

by Carlton Fields on

Significant changes to Georgia law governing captive insurance companies took effect on July 1, 2017. The changes relate to the permitted corporate structure of captive insurance companies, new restrictions on risks that may...more

Policy inception: timing is everything

by DLA Piper on

It is common for contracts of insurance to have an inception date but not an inception time. The question then arises as to the time at which the policy incepts. The issue was considered recently by the High Court in...more

A Guide to NYDFS Cybersecurity Regulations’ August 28 Implementation Deadline

by Hogan Lovells on

As a follow-up to our previous reports (December 30, 2016 Alert; February 24, 2017 Alert) regarding the cybersecurity regulations issued by the New York State Department of Financial Services (NYDFS), we would like to remind...more

D&O Insurance Tips: Purchasing and Maximizing Coverage

by GB&A Insurance on

Aside from insurance executives themselves, insurance is not a topic that raises excitement among directors and officers. In fact it may feel more like necessary torture. Applications with The same never-ending questions,...more

Holy Harleysville! – The Rules Governing RORs, Intervention, and More in South Carolina Have Just Changed

For insurers, litigating third-party coverage disputes in South Carolina has always proved formidable. Insurers can be liable for “bad faith” even if there is no coverage; they may be required to pay an insured’s attorney’s...more

Cyber Insurance Primer

by Butler Snow LLP on

The number of reported U.S. data breaches tracked through June 30, 2017 hit a half-year record high of 791. This represents a significant jump of 29% over 2016 figures during the same time period. At this pace, it is...more

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