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Oklahoma Court Holds the Policyholder Can Also Be the Vandal

Earlier this week an Oklahoma federal court addressed a mortgagee’s claim for vandalism loss – a topic we also discussed in Wednesday’s post. In American Modern Home Ins. Co. v. Tulsa Fed. Credit Union, 2015 WL 2372549, 2015...more

CFPB Enforcement Action Appeals: Quick Resolution with Unchecked Discretion

On March 9, 2015, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Richard Cordray presided over oral argument in the first appeal hearing of an administrative enforcement action. The appeal involves two companies that...more

[Webinar] Peeling Back the Curtain: Working with Your Legal Department to Optimize Your Relationship With Your Outside Law Firms -...

The pressure between managing external legal costs and efficient execution of your company’s legal tasks while maintaining a successful relationship with your outside law firms can be a challenge. In this webinar, we examine...more

Supreme Court Considers The Constituent Elements Of An Offence Under Section 328 Of POCA

The Supreme Court makes some significant decisions about the constituent elements of an offence under section 328 of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (POCA) in the case of R v GH [2015] UKSC 26). The case is unusual in that the...more

Duty to Monitor Investments Extends Statute of Limitations for Fiduciary Breach Claim Says Supreme Court

The Supreme Court has decided an important statute of limitations issue in an ongoing fiduciary breach case, Tibble v. Edison International. Tibble has attracted attention up to this point for its substantive claim: that...more

Illinois Court Holds Vacancy Clause Does Not Bar Vandalism and Theft Claim by Mortgagee

In a case of first impression in Illinois, a unanimous panel of the state’s Appellate Court recently addressed the interplay between a vacancy clause and a mortgagee provision and held that the insured’s failure to comply...more

Supreme Court Acknowledges Fiduciaries Have Continuous Duty to Monitor Plan Investments, Remove Imprudent Investments

On May 18, 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States issued its opinion in the Tibble v. Edison Int’l, 575 U.S. ___ (2015) case, finding that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit erred in applying the six-year...more

Cybersecurity: Integral to Overall Risk Management for Insurers and TPAs

Recent data breaches have brought cybersecurity to the attention of insurance companies, and serve as a reminder to third party administrators ("TPAs") that cybersecurity issues are a serious compliance and regulatory...more

Title Insurance Regulatory and Legislative Update - May 2015

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF INSURANCE COMMISSIONERS - Title Insurance Task Force To Survey Affiliated Business Arrangements: The Title Insurance Task Force (“Task Force”) recently conducted a conference call and among the...more

NYDFS Releases New Title Insurance Rates for Refinancings; Consumers Save Up to 65 Percent

On May 12, the NYDFS announced newly approved title insurance industry rates for mortgage refinancing transactions, which is just one of the steps the NYDFS is planning to take to reform and lower title insurance rates....more

U.S. Department of Labor Re-Proposes Rules Governing the Definition of “Fiduciary”—Part 2: The “Best Interest Contract” Exemption

In Part 1 of this series, we reported on recently proposed regulations issued by the U.S. Department of Labor amending the definition of the term “fiduciary” under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (“ERISA”) and the...more

Calculating Title Insurance Claims: Reduction in Value vs. Insured Claim

After a mortgagor filed bankruptcy, a lender brought claims under a ship mortgage insurance title policy. [See, First Am. Bank v. First Am. Transp. Title Ins. Co., 759 F.3d 427 (5th Cir. 2014).] The lender appealed the...more

Focus On International Standards

The influence of international standards on the direction of insurance regulation in the United States has dominated public discussion about insurance regulation during recent years. Nowhere was that more evident than in...more

IRS Proposes Regulations Directed To “Passive” Hedge Fund Foreign Insurance Entities

On April 24, 2015, the Internal Revenue Service proposed regulations directed to “situations in which a hedge fund establishes a purported foreign reinsurance company in order to defer and reduce the tax that otherwise would...more

How Construction Lenders Can Avoid Title Insurance Coverage Denial for Mechanics Liens

A title insurance company can deny a construction lender’s coverage against mechanics liens that were asserted after the lender stopped funding the construction escrow, even though the lender was entitled to do so under the...more

Ohio Proposed Rule Regarding Alternative Reserve Methodology For Special Purpose Captives

The Ohio Department of Insurance has proposed a new rule, Rule 3901-11-05 (the “Proposed Rule”), to establish a process and method that allow a special purpose financial insurance company captive (a “SPFIC Captive”) to...more

NY Proposes New Title Insurance Regulations To Help Reduce Closing Costs

On April 29, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo unveiled new title insurance regulations aimed at reducing title insurance closing costs of up to 20 percent for new homebuyers by eliminating kickbacks and other improper...more

FHA Revises Single-Family Housing Policy HandBook, Extends Effective Dates

On April 30, the FHA announced revisions to its Single Family Housing Policy HandBook (HandBook) and extended the effective date for various policies contained within from June 15 to September 14, 2015....more

IRS Proposes PFIC Regulations That Could Characterize Many Foreign Insurance Companies as PFICs

A mere 28 years after Congress enacted the tax rules governing passive foreign investment companies (“PFICs”), the Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service have for the first time issued proposed regulations that...more

Privacy & Cybersecurity Update - April 2015

In This Issue: - DOJ Issues Cyber Preparation and Response Guidance - RadioShack’s Plan to Auction Customer Data Highlights Issues Over Treatment of Such Data as an Asset - Google v. Vidal-Hall and...more

Mortgage Lenders Should Timely Consider Protection Afforded by Closing Protection Letters

Mortgage lenders and servicers frequently consider potential indemnity due under finally issued lender’s title insurance policies and strive to submit timely claims when a covered defect arises. These same parties should also...more

IREG Update

Cybersecurity and the Insurance industry - Cybersecurity is quickly emerging as a top policy issue for insurance regulators. Speaking at a Dow Jones Risk & Compliance forum last week, on April 21, 2015, New York...more

FHFA Announces Fannie and Freddie’s Revised Requirements for Private Mortgage Insurances Companies

On April 17, the FHFA announced that Fannie and Freddie have revised the requirements for private mortgage insurance companies insuring mortgage loans that Fannie and Freddie either own or guarantee. By setting financial and...more

IRS Publishes Proposed Regulations for Hedge Fund Reinsurance Arrangements

In April 24’s Federal Register, the IRS released proposed regulations (REG-108214-15) to restrict when a foreign insurance company’s income can be excluded as passive income by giving a more strict definition for the “active...more

Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - April 2015 #5

Ninth Circuit Denies Rehearing of Northstar v. Schwab. On April 28, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit denied the petition of Schwab Investments’ (Schwab) for rehearing and rehearing en banc in the case of...more

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