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Ninth Circuit Rules That Harmless Procedural Violation Does Not Alter Standard of Review

The Ninth Circuit held that a plan administrator’s failure to render a decision on a long-term disability benefits claim within the period mandated by the plan and ERISA did not alter the standard of review that the court...more

Evolving Audit Committee Standards for Texas Insurers

Effective January 1, 2010, the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) adopted the Annual Financial Reporting Model Regulations (Model Audit Rule), which among other requirements, substantially expanded the...more

New P&C Insurance Demutualization Regulations: Unknown Unknowns

On February 28, 2015, the Department of Finance released draft regulations under the Insurance Companies Act (Act) providing for a framework for the demutualization process applicable to mutual property and casualty insurance...more

Bad Day for NewDay: CFPB Section 8 Enforcement Continues

On February 10, 2015, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) added another company to its litany of alleged Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (“RESPA”) Section 8 offenders (Michigan Title, PHH Corporation, New...more

Insurance Sector - 2014 Year End Review and Forecast for 2015

Fundamental changes and powerful forces are reshaping the insurance industry. These developments are reestablishing the natural order of the financial services sector and redefining the insurance industry’s role in the global...more

Former Senior Executives Of Insurance Retailer Fined And Prohibited As A Result Of The Development Of A Sales Strategy That...

In this case report we consider enforcement action taken by the FCA in relation to three former senior executives of a large retail insurance firm (the former Chief Executive, Finance Director and Marketing Director). This...more

New Requirements Regarding Flood Insurance in Massachusetts

On July 23, 2014 , Governor Deval Patrick signed into law “An Act Further Regulating Flood Insurance”, effective November 20, 2014. Links to the Act and to “Frequently Asked Questions” prepared by the Massachusetts Division...more

FIO Focus, No.67 - Hearing on the Impact of International Regulatory Standards

On November 18, 2014, the Housing and Insurance Subcommittee of the House Committee on Financial Services held a hearing on “The Impact of International Regulatory Standards on the Competitiveness of U.S. Insurers, Part II.”...more

Court Rules Disparate Impact Claims Cannot Be Made Under Fair Housing Act

Earlier this week, a federal district court judge struck down a regulation issued by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), which would have allowed for claims of housing discrimination to be based on...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

I Can’t Get No SATISFACTION-- In the Eleventh Circuit, Is Discretionary Language Still "Satisfactory to Us"?

Ever since the United States Supreme Court addressed the question of whether a wholesale adoption of the "arbitrary and capricious" standard of review would be appropriate for judicial review of denial of benefit...more

Employee Benefit Plan is Governmental Plan, Even Though Employees are Not, says District Court in 11th Circuit.

It is a deceptively simple statement: Governmental employee benefit plans are exempt from ERISA. 29 U.S.C. § 1003(b)(1). But what about an employee benefit plan of an entity affiliated with a governmental entity, but whose...more

Securing Public Deposits Under Pennsylvania's Act 72

A governmental entity in Pennsylvania may deposit its moneys in a financial institution only if the financial institution pledges collateral for the deposit to the extent the deposit exceeds the FDIC insurance limits. This...more

Legal Alert: NCOIL Unclaimed Property Task Force Springs Into Action; Co-Chair Keiser Seeks Proposed Changes to Model Unclaimed...

On Friday, March 7, 2014, the National Conference of Insurance Legislators’ (NCOIL) Unclaimed Property Task Force (Task Force) met in-person at NCOIL’s spring meeting. Led by the Task Force’s Co-Chair George Keiser (ND), the...more

CFPB Initiates Administrative Proceeding Against Mortgage Lender

Subsequent to its denial of a mortgage lender’s petition to set aside a civil investigative demand in 2012, the CFPB publicly announced that it had served Notice of Charges, initiating an administrative proceeding against the...more

Washington's Unprecedented Bid to Supplant State Insurance Regulators

In mid-October, Prudential Financial Inc. dropped its fight against being designated as a systemically important financial institution (SIFI) by the Treasury Department's Financial Stability Oversight Council. When the...more

Legal Alert: Florida Announces DMF Search Requirement and Date-of-Death Dormancy Trigger

In an administrative declaratory ruling, the Florida Department of Financial Services (DFS) announced that Florida’s unclaimed property statute requires life insurers to search the Social Security Administration Death Master...more

Ongoing Tension Between Filed-Rate And State Doctrines

In a Sept. 13, 2012 Competition Law 360 article, we discussed the Third Circuit’s opinion in McCray v. Fid. Nat’l Title Ins. Co., in which the Third Circuit applied the filed-rate doctrine to title insurers’ rate filings with...more

Insurance Trades Challenge HUD Disparate Impact Rule

On June 26, two insurance associations filed a lawsuit challenging a rule promulgated earlier this year by HUD that authorizes so-called “disparate impact” or “effects test” claims under the Fair Housing Act....more

BMA Announces Principles Underpinning Use of New Powers

The Bermuda Monetary Authority (the BMA) has published a new statement of practice (SoP). It sets out factors to which it will have regard and procedures to be followed in deciding whether and in what manner to exercise...more

Deferral of the Swaps Push-Out Requirement, But Only for Insured Federal Depository Institutions

An insured federal depository institution may request a transition period to comply with the “push-out” requirements of section 716 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (the “Dodd-Frank Act”)...more

American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012: Physician Cuts Averted, Hospitals to Carry Portion of Price Tag

Avoiding sending American taxpayers over the so-called “fiscal cliff,” Congress enacted the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (the “Act”) [PDF] that was signed into law on January 2, 2013. Of biggest note, the Act included...more

Healthcare Provisions In The American Taxpayer Relief Act - The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

In late night action on December 31, 2012, the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (ATRA) was passed by the Senate and finalized days later by Congress and the President with a set of tax and spending policy provisions...more

The End of Unlimited FDIC Insurance: How Banks Can Retain—and Depositors Can Protect—Their Uninsured Deposits

In an attempt to limit the flight of deposits from insured depository institutions resulting from the 2008 fiscal crisis, Section 343 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act provided temporary,...more

California Federal District Court Holds Force-Placed Insurance Claims Not Preempted By National Bank Act

On December 11, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California refused to preempt under the National Bank Act claims that a mortgage lender breached its contract by force-placing a backdated flood insurance...more

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