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Court Compels Discovery, Awards Sanctions In Dispute Over Whether Reinsurance Arbitration Clause Applies

by Carlton Fields on

In 2011, Top’s Personnel entered into a reinsurance agreement with Applied Underwriters Captive Risk Assurance Company (“AUCRA”), and several years later executed a promissory note (“the Note”) in favor of a related entity,...more

Summary Judgment Win for Insurer in “Stable Value” Interest Rate Setting Case

by Carlton Fields on

In July, MetLife obtained a win in the Northern District of Illinois when the court granted summary judgment in its favor on a claim that it had breached the duty of good faith and fair dealing in setting interest rates for a...more

Sticking Firmly to Contract Terms, Court Dismisses Premium and COI Overcharge Claims

by Carlton Fields on

In July, in Hancock v. Americo Financial Life & Annuity Co., Americo achieved a total victory on its motion to dismiss a putative class action in the Eastern District of North Carolina that challenged its premium and COI...more

In Wake of Disasters, Do Not Just Assume No Coverage Available for Cannabis-Related Losses

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As reported extensively in the media over the past week, the cannabis industry has been hit hard by recent natural disasters. While companies doing business in this industry may face some unique challenges in purchasing...more

Alabama Court Holds Professional Liability Exclusion Applicable to Negligent Inspection

In its recent decision in AIX Specialty Ins. Co. v. H&W Tank Testing, Inc., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 169787 (M.D. Ala. Oct. 12, 2017), the United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama had occasion to consider...more

A Ticking Clock: New York’s Pending Non-Guaranteed Elements Rule for Life Insurance and Annuity Products

by Carlton Fields on

The clock is ticking on the New York Department of Financial Services’ issuance of new Regulation 210 "Life Insurance and Annuity Non-Guaranteed Elements" (the Rule). ...more

New Partnership Audit Rules – Plan Ahead Before the Tax Bill Arrives

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A new set of rules for partnership audits (New Audit Rules), which generally take effect January 2018, fundamentally alter the manner in which the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will conduct audits of partnerships,...more

Communications With Auditors and Audit Committees May Change

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The SEC has proposed for comment major revisions in the disclosures auditors are required to make in their reports on financial statements audited pursuant to Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) standards....more

Dismissal of Individual Claims Cap Insurer’s Winning Streak in Action Challenging FIA Product Features

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In May, the Southern District of California handed ING a win in a case involving allegations that the company targeted seniors with annuities that hid an embedded derivative structure that made them worth less than promised....more

Eleventh Circuit Affirms Summary Judgment or Insurer in STOLI Case

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In Sun Life Assur. Co. of Canada v. U.S. Bank Nat. Ass’n, the Eleventh Circuit recently clarified that where a life insurance policy lacks an insurable interest at its inception and is thus void ab initio, prejudgment...more

Plaintiffs Survive Standing-Based Challenge to California Senior Notice and Financial Elder Abuse Claims

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In California, actions predicated on alleged senior notice requirement violations and financial elder abuse continue to challenge life insurers. For example, in June, a California federal district court denied the insurer’s...more

Pennsylvania Court Holds Fiduciary Duty Exists Only Where Consumer Cedes Decision-Making Control to the Fiduciary

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The Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently held in Yenchi v. Ameriprise Financial, Inc. that a financial adviser owed no fiduciary duty to a couple who purchased a life insurance policy based on the adviser’s advice where they...more

Certified Financial Planner Board Proposes Fiduciary Obligations for All CFP Financial Advice

by Carlton Fields on

In June, the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) Board released proposed revisions to its standards of professional conduct that would require CFPs to adhere to a fiduciary standard at all times when providing any "financial...more

Steps and Resources to Recover Homeowner Insurance Benefits After a Fire: A Tip-Sheet for Homeowner / Small Business Insurance...

by Farella Braun + Martel LLP on

Before worrying about an insurance claim, first ensure that you and your family, including pets and extended family, have their immediate needs met, particularly medical needs. When you are ready to begin the recovery...more

The DOL Fiduciary Rule: Charting a Course, Avoiding Collisions & Potential Litigation Q&A #2 - Q&As on Annuity Sales Practices,...

by Carlton Fields on

Last month, we wrote about potential litigation issues under the “revised temporary” DOL Rule involving the offer and sale of annuities in the IRA market. This paper continues that discussion. I emphasize to the reader that...more

The Fiduciary Rule Status Update

by Carlton Fields on

On April 8, the Department of Labor published the so-called "Fiduciary Rule." It defines who is an employee benefit plan’s "fiduciary" for purposes of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) and the Internal...more

After the Waters Recede: The Mortgage Servicer’s Role in Navigating Insurance Claims, Part II

In the first part of the series “The Mortgage Servicer’s Role in Navigating Insurance Claims,” we covered assessing the damage in the wake of a natural disaster and applying the proceeds when complying with the terms of...more

With most businesses back after Harvey & Irma, what to know about what comes next: legal restoration

by Hellmuth & Johnson PLLC on

This blog post is the first in a three part series. The next posts will cover Business Interruption Coverage and Reinsurance. Business owners affected by hurricanes Harvey and Irma spent the first few days and weeks...more

Nevada Securities Act Amendments – What’s Next?

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Over the summer, much was written about amendments to the Nevada Securities Act provisions governing financial planners, which became effective July 1, after being signed by the Governor on June 2....more

SEC Stays Approval of Quadruple-Leveraged ETF

by Carlton Fields on

On May 25, 2017, the SEC stayed a May 2 order issued by the Division of Trading and Markets, acting for the SEC pursuant to delegated authority, that would have permitted the listing and trading of shares of the first...more

SEC Scrutinizes Multi-Manager Arrangements

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Many mutual funds implement their investment strategies through "multi-manager" (also called "manager of manager") arrangements, particularly funds used to support variable life insurance and annuity products. Among other...more

SEC Investor Advocate’s 2018 Objectives Target Key Issues for Life Insurers

by Carlton Fields on

On June 29, the SEC’s Office of the Investor Advocate released a report that prioritizes addressing the inconsistency in the standard of care applicable to broker-dealers (a suitability standard) versus investment advisers (a...more

SEC Cautions on Use of Distributed Ledger/Blockchain Technology to Raise Capital

by Carlton Fields on

In July, the SEC issued a report addressing the applicability of U.S. federal securities laws to the offer and sale of securities by "virtual corporations or capital raising entities that use distributed ledger or blockchain...more

NAIC Big Data Working Group Update

by Carlton Fields on

Regulators are hard at work considering insurers’ use of big data and analytics. The Big Data (Ex) Working Group, chaired by Oregon Commissioner Laura Cali Robison, adopted three charges for 2017. Briefly, these charges are...more

Regulation Round Up - September 2017

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

1 September - The Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) updated its April 2017 public disclosure with Template A (Disclosure of Aggregate Statistical Data with regard to Insurance and Reinsurance Undertakings) and Template...more

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