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USGS’s Increase of Texas’s Earthquake Risk Level: Commercial Real Estate and Insurance Implications

Before 2008, the greater Dallas Fort Worth area, known as the Fort Worth Basin, was almost entirely void of seismic activity. Between 1950 and 2008, the only seismic activity on record was an insignificant event that experts...more

Federal Court Practice Update for Insurance Matters

Recent changes in the Federal Court of Australia will streamline how insurance matters are managed and heard by the Court. Specific judges will be allocated to hear insurance related cases within the national Commercial &...more

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Update: Week Ending March 20, 2015

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - Probate/Quit Claim Deeds: trial court correctly ordered personal representative to issue deeds conveying properties to son and mother, subject to life estate held by son – Ciungu v. Bulea, Case...more

Manhattan U.S. Attorney Prevails in Securities Fraud, RICO Case

The SEC has brought a series of investment fund fraud and Ponzi schemes. Indeed, the Commission has brought so many of these cases in recent years they have become a staple....more

CFPB Issues Arbitration Study – Possible Impact On Reinsurance Unclear

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has issued a study that is critical of arbitration in the context of consumer claims, contenting that arbitration “restricts” the rights and remedies of consumers by limiting or...more

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

A Look Back: NetDiligence 2014 Cyber Claims Study

The NetDiligence 2014 Cyber Claims Study relies on data voluntarily provided by insurers about amounts paid out on cyber claims occurring from 2011 through 2013. Since the Study only accounts cyber claims reported to larger...more

New Thai insurance acts facilitate foreign ownership of insurers

The Life and Non-Life Insurance Acts (No. 3) were issued earlier this month. Their provisions make it substantially easier for permission for majority or total foreign ownership of insurers to be granted, and also regulate...more

To Fund or Not to Fund – that is the Question

On Friday the 13th (3/13/2015), the Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit decided that a title insurer did not have to provide coverage to its insured – the perfected, first lien lender – for priming mechanics’ liens that –...more

Cybersecurity Securities Class Actions: A Wave or Trickle?

One of the foremost uncertainties in securities and corporate governance litigation is the extent to which cybersecurity will become a significant D&O liability issue. Although many D&O practitioners have been bracing for a...more

Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals: No Coverage under Title Insurance for Mechanics’ Liens Arising after Construction Lender Stops...

On March 12, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit entered an opinion interpreting “the most litigated provision in the standard-form title-insurance policy purchased by real-estate lenders to...more

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Update: Week Ending March 6 & 13, 2015

Real Property Update: Deed Restriction: genuine issue of material facts remains concerning whether original parties to deed with restrictions contemplated future unilateral amendments to restrictions that would bind...more

2014 Pension Plan Regulatory Highlights

The start of the new year is as good a time as any to look back at some of the employee benefits regulatory developments of 2014 that were not previously covered in this column. Originally published in Employee Benefit...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

SEC Issues Rule 482 No-Action Relief to Non-ERISA 403(b), 457 Plans

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a no-action letter extending relief to certain investment-related information provided to participants in non-ERISA 403(b), 457(b), and other qualified participant-directed...more

Energy Newsletter - March 2015

In This Issue: - Opportunities in Distressed Markets: Insights into the Acquisition and Divestiture Process - A Project Owner's Primer On Delay In Start-Up Insurance - UKCS: Maximising Economic Recovery...more

Germany's Amended Investment Ordinance

The Investment Ordinance (Anlageverordnung – “Investment Ordinance” or “AnlV”), as recently amended and as discussed in more detail below, applies to the investments and the asset allocation of insurance companies and pension...more

11th Circuit Certifies Insurable Interest Questions in Pruco Cases to the Florida Supreme Court

On February 27, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit certified two important questions of Florida insurable interest law to the Florida Supreme Court. ...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

Title Insurance Regulatory and Legislative Update - March 2015

Title Guaranty Fund Update: The Title Insurance Task Force met recently by teleconference and received an update on the activities of the Title Insurance Guaranty Fund Working Group. The draft “Title Insurance Guaranty...more

Maximizing Insurance Coverage for CFPB Investigations and Enforcement Actions

Seven years removed from the 2008 financial crisis, an increasing number of financial institutions are now finding themselves in the crosshairs of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”), a new federal agency...more

Summary of HUD’s LEAN 232 Program Email Blast: Office of Residential Care Facilities (ORCF), February 2015

In an effort to summarize the highlights of the LEAN Email Blasts that we receive, and rarely have time to review in a timely fashion, we at Pepper Hamilton are providing this quick synopsis of the latest LEAN update. Our aim...more

NY Whistleblower Bounty Program On The Horizon?

NY Attorney General Eric Schneiderman recently announced his plans to propose legislation that would create a whistleblower incentive program at the state level. The proposal, titled the Financial Frauds Whistleblower Act,...more

Federal Office Of Insurance Requests Comments For TRIA Certification Study

Section 107 of the Terrorism Risk Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2015 (the “Reauthorization Act”) requires the Secretary of the Treasury (“Secretary”) to conduct a study of the certification process required under...more

New York AG Set to Propose Whistleblower Legislation

On February 26, New York AG Eric Schneiderman announced that he intends to propose state legislation to reward and protect employees who report information about misconduct in the banking, insurance, and financial services...more

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