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TRIA Extension Fails: An Initial Guide to Next Steps

To the surprise of many, Congress failed to extend the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act of 2002 ("TRIA"), which is set to expire at the end of this year. Many hope that TRIA in some form will be re-authorized early in 2015 and,...more

Reinsurance Arbitration Award Confirmed, Reaching Result Contrary To Previous Award Against Different Reinsurer

On March 11, 2014, we reported on the First Circuit’s ruling in a contested arbitration between OneBeacon America Insurance Co. and certain of its reinsurers over reinsured asbestos claims. The reinsurers filed a declaratory...more

Before Adjourning, US Congress Adopts Budget With Dodd-Frank Amendments; Fails To Pass Terrorism Risk Insurance Legislation

Before the 113th Congress adjourned on December 16, Congress adopted the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act of 2015, which ensures the federal government operates with budget certainty until September...more

PA Supreme Court Grants Important Victory for Insurers Regarding CGL Coverage for Progressive Property Damage

In a comprehensive and sweeping opinion, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court affirmed several key principles of commercial general liability (CGL) policy interpretation in Penn National v. St. John, decided on December 15, 2014....more

Facing TCPA Claims for Texting Advertisements? You May Also Have Some Insurance Coverage Concerns

During this busy holiday shopping season, retailers may end up facing litigation under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) for sending advertisements to consumers’ cell phones. With large-scale litigation...more

U.S. Congress Fails to Renew TRIA – for Now

The U.S. Senate wrapped up the 113th Congress and left Washington without holding a vote to renew the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA). In the closing weeks of the session, Senator Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) had negotiated an...more

Terrorism Risk Insurance Act Set to Expire at Year End

The Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA) now appears set to expire as of December 31, 2014, barring further action from Congress.  The Terrorism Risk Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2014[1] would have extended the...more

President Signs Changes to Collins Amendment Favorable to Insurers

On December 18, President Obama signed into law the Insurance Capital Standards Clarification Act of 2014 (the Act). The Act makes it clear that the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve (the Fed) is not required to apply...more

APRA releases Insight report on the life insurance and general insurance markets

APRA has released its second Insight report into the life insurance and general insurance markets for 2014. In terms of the general insurance markets, APRA makes a number of interesting observations....more

Congress’ Failure to Extend Terrorism Risk Insurance Act Requires Policyholders to Act Diligently Before January 1

With the recent uptick in terrorist activity omnipresent in the news, the need for financial protection against the effects of terrorism is plainly evident. Nevertheless, Congress has now adjourned for the year without making...more

Like Hats and Belt Buckles, Indemnity Agreements in Texas Must be CONSPICUOUS

Earlier this month, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit held that Texas law allows an indemnity agreement to insulate a party from the consequences of its own, allegedly negligent conduct, but only if that feature...more

Assign Away: Pennsylvania Supreme Court Says Bad Faith Claims May be Assigned

On December 15, 2014, in the case of Allstate Prop. & Cas. Ins. Co. v. Wolfe, No. 39 MAP 2014, slip op. at 1 (Pa. Dec. 15, 2014), the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled that an insured may assign a statutory bad faith claim...more

Pa. Supreme Court Agrees that Policyholders May Assign Their Bad Faith Claims

This week, in a 5-1 decision resolving a certified question from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court held that a policyholder or insured is permitted to settle the claims against it...more

Insurance Recovery Law -- December 2014 #2

Ammonia Release Constitutes “Direct Physical Loss” Under Policy - Why it matters: A New York federal court recently ruled that the discharge of ammonia at a manufacturing plant – causing a facility shutdown for...more

Not so obvious “obvious risks”

The District Court of Western Australia’s recent decision in Petkovic v Blazeski [2014] WADC 170 highlights the limitations of “obvious risk” defences and the level of evidentiary analysis that defendants ought undertake...more

Policy Observer - December 2014

Giving and Receiving: Insuring Company-Sponsored Volunteerism: This is the time of year when we are reminded of the importance of giving. Many companies not only donate generously to nonprofits and community programs,...more

Successful application for security for costs

In Austcorp Project Number 20 Pty Ltd v LM Investment Management Ltd [2014] FCA 1371, the Federal Court of Australia was called upon to consider various interlocutory applications requesting security for costs against the...more

Illinois Court Holds No E&O Coverage for Underlying TCPA Violation

In Margulis v. BCS Ins. Co., 2014 Ill. App. LEXIS 826 (Ill. App. Ct. 1st Dist. 2014), the Appellate Court of Illinois, First District, had occasion to consider whether an insurer has a duty to defend an insurance agent under...more

Unfinished Business: Illinois General Assembly Fails to Repeal Self-Procured Insurance Tax

Despite a strong effort by a coalition of opponents, efforts to repeal the new Illinois self-procured insurance tax law in the veto session of the Illinois General Assembly were unsuccessful. As a result, the law will take...more

Data Security, Cyber Liability and First-party Costs for Mid Cap and Small Companies Are Reaching Catastrophic Levels

Curiously, while the numbers on data security and cyber liability losses have grabbed headlines, the published information has not focused on the insurance perspective. NetDiligence® recently released its Cyber Claims Study...more

Illinois Supreme Court Agrees to Decide Limits on Self-Insured Car Rental Company's Liability for Customers' Accidents

In the closing days of its November term, the Illinois Supreme Court agreed to decide an issue of considerable importance for Illinois’ car rental industry: can a self-insured car rental company be held liable without...more

Streamlined Regulation for Insurance Companies

The Insurance Capital Standards Clarification Act of 2014 has been presented to President Obama for signature. The bill will: Add language to Section 171 of Dodd-Frank to clarify that, in establishing minimum capital...more

Florida’s Second District Evaluates Burden of Proof in Sinkhole Cases

In Mejia v. Citizens Prop. Ins. Corp., 2014 Fla. App. LEXIS 19526 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 2d Dist. Nov. 26, 2014), the Second District reversed a Pasco County trial court’s determination on the burden of proof applicable to a...more

Insurance Carrier Battles Reinsurer For Expenses In Addition To Losses

On December 4, 2014, the Second Circuit addressed whether a facultative reinsurance certificate (“certificate”) covering an umbrella policy obligates a reinsurer to indemnify expense payments in addition to losses. The Court...more

Underinsured Motorist Insurance – Allowable Offsets to Limits

Christina Elliott v. Geico Indemnity Company - Court Of Appeal, Third Appellate District (November 19, 2014)- In California, Uninsured Motorist (“UM”) Coverage and Underinsured Motorist (“UIM”) Coverage are...more

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