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Washington Insurance Law 2014 Mid-Year Update

During the first six months of 2014, Washington judges issued several notable insurance-related decisions. Some of those decisions were favorable to insurers and could benefit insurers in future insurance claims and lawsuits...more

New Washington Rule Clarifies Authority to Issue Penalties Against TPAs

The Washington State Department of Health has promulgated a new rule clarifying the Department's authority to issue civil penalties against health carriers and third-party administrators. This rule, which is outside the...more

Defendants Granted Limitations-Based Summary Judgment In Captive Reinsurance Class Action

A putative class of mortgage consumers sued Flagstar Bank and its captive reinsurer alleging that they engaged in an illegal “kickback” scheme with private mortgage insurers, which scheme artificially inflated the price of...more

Prior Publication Precludes Coverage for Advertising Injury

In Street Surfing, LLC v. Great American E&S Ins. Co., 752 F.3d 853 (9th Cir. 2014), the court held that the prior publication exclusion precluded coverage to Street Surfing, LLC (“Street Surfing”) for an underlying lawsuit...more

Important Insurance Coverage Cases On the Horizon

This year, 2014, is lining up with interesting insurance coverage cases pending across the country which may lead to far reaching decisions. In California the Hartford Insurance Company has been dominating the...more

Future of the Affordable Care Act in Jeopardy in Many States

A same-day split decision has created an uncertain future for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). On Tuesday, two Circuit Courts reached differing conclusions on the availability of premium subsidies for the...more

FDIC Proposes Changes to Assessments Rule

On July 15, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) proposed (1) to revise the ratios and ratio thresholds for capital evaluations used in its risk-based deposit insurance assessment system (the FDIC stated this was...more

Will There Be Tax Credit Subsidies for Health Coverage Purchased on the Federal

There is no letup in the intensity of the litigation wars surrounding the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or in the significance of the matters at issue. In 2012, the Supreme Court narrowly upheld the ACA in the face of a...more

Halbig v Burwell: D.C. Appeals Court Strikes Obamacare Health Insurance Subsidies

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled, in a 2-to-1 decision, in Halbig v. Burwell that the IRS is not authorized under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to provide tax credits intended to subsidize the cost of...more

Federal Courts Issue Conflicting Decisions on Affordable Care Act Subsidies

On July 22, 2014, two different federal appeals courts issued conflicting decisions on the availability of subsidies for health insurance purchased by individuals on Exchanges established by the federal government under the...more

In Iowa, Rain is What Gene Kelly Sang In – Not Water From a Burst Drain Pipe

Earlier this year, an Iowa court recognized that rain becomes rainwater once it has fallen, and it held that policy language excluding loss caused by “rain” – without more – will not operate to bar coverage for water from a...more

Federal Appeals Court in D.C. Strikes Down Key Aspect of Health Care Reform (Just Before the 4th Circuit’s Opposite Ruling) – Any...

On Tuesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, in a 2-1 ruling by a three judge panel, invalidated an Internal Revenue Service regulation that interpreted section 36B of the Affordable Care Act...more

Required Summer Reading: Guidance Issued on the Tax Treatment of Guaranteed Minimum Benefit Hedges and Identified Mixed Straddles

The Treasury and the IRS offered two pieces of highly anticipated guidance on July 18 that are particularly relevant to the life insurance industry. ...more

Contrasting Opinions in Health Care Law Rulings

This week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and the Fourth Circuits released opinions regarding the federally run health care exchanges under the ACA. Specifically, the cases explore subsidies provided to...more

North Carolina Amends Its Captive Insurer Law

In October 2013, North Carolina enacted the North Carolina Captive Insurance Act, joining 30 other states with captive-enabling legislation. On July 7, 2014, North Carolina enacted House Bill 267, which amends the Act. The...more

The Future of Premium Subsidies under the Affordable Care Act: 'Halbig v. Burwell' and 'King v. Burwell'

Both decisions addressed whether tax credits are available for residents in states that have federally-facilitated health exchanges. The District of Columbia Court of Appeals said “no”; the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals...more

Health Care Alert: ACA Health Insurance Subsidies Called into Question by DC Circuit

Yesterday, a divided three judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit struck down the IRS regulation allowing federal premium subsidies for individuals buying health insurance at...more

Texas Court Holds Insured Failed to Timely Report Claim

In its recent decision in Netspend Corp. v. AXIS Ins. Co., 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 97656 (W.D. Tex. July 18, 2014), the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas had occasion to consider what constitutes a...more

Eleventh Circuit Dials Back The Specificity Required In An Insurer’s Reservation of Rights—Will Georgia Courts Agree?

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit recently held under Georgia law that an insurance company does not waive a coverage defense by defending the policyholder in an underlying case without reserving its rights...more

Halbig v. Burwell: A Death Blow for the Affordable Care Act?

On July 22, 2014, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled in Halbig v. Burwell that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) authorizes the issuance of tax credits to assist...more

Affordable Care Act Compliance: With Summer Approaching, Are Employers Feeling the Heat?

As we embark on summer and employers inch closer to some of the major compliance deadlines put into place by the Affordable Care Act (ACA), it seems like a good time to review some recent updates that employers should be...more

How Big Is Halbig? The Viability of the ACA’s Employer Mandate Hangs in the Balance

For employers with employees in the 36 states with a federally facilitated exchange, the question arises how the Halbig decision impacts their decision and strategy to provide health coverage to their employees when the...more

FDIC Proposes Rule to Revise Deposit Insurance Assessments to Reflect the Basel III Capital Rule

The FDIC issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (the “Proposed Rule”) that would revise the FDIC’s risk-based deposit insurance assessment system to reflect the final Basel III capital rule (the “Final Capital Rule”) adopted...more

Dueling Districts on Major Challenge to Federal Health Reform

Are Employers in States Without Exchanges Subject to Penalties? In two highly technical and comprehensive rulings out July 22, 2014, two federal districts came to opposite conclusions on a key remaining challenge to...more

A Tale of Two Circuits: D.C. Circuit, Fourth Circuit Split on ACA Subsidies

It was the best of times for ACA subsidies, it was the worst of times for ACA subsidies. On Tuesday, the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit (“D.C. Circuit”) and the Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit (“Fourth...more

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