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No Investor Harm, No Ill-gotten Gains But SEC Fines Insurer $8 Million

Last week the Commission resolved a proceeding involving a life insurance company centered on the pricing of its variable annuity and variable life insurance products. Specifically, the Order alleged violations of Rule 22c-1...more

Georgia Supreme Court: Insurer did not “unreasonably” withhold consent to settle

In Piedmont Office Realty Trust v. XL Specialty Insurance Co., No. S15Q0418 (Ga. Apr. 20, 2015), the Georgia Supreme Court reiterated that, in the face of a policy provision prohibiting the insured from unilaterally settling...more

California Court Upholds Exclusion in Policy Application

In Crown Capital Securities, L.P. v. Endurance American Specialty Ins. Co., 2015 Cal. App. LEXIS 305, the California Court of Appeal had the opportunity to consider a denial of coverage based on an exclusion stated in the...more

Prudential Settles $2B RMBS Suit with Bank of America and Merrill Lynch & Co.

On April 22, 2015, Bank of America and Merrill Lynch reached an agreement with several Prudential Insurance Co. affiliates to settle two lawsuits brought by Prudential. Prudential had alleged that Bank of America and Merrill...more

"Shadow Banking and Financial Stability: Regulators Propose Framework for Nonbank Noninsurers"

On March 4, 2015, the Financial Stability Board (FSB) and the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) issued a second consultation paper concerning the methodology they propose to use to identify nonbank...more

Georgia Supreme Court: Insured Cannot Sue for Settlement Amount of Bad Faith Absent Insurer’s “Consent to Settle”

On April 20, 2015, the Georgia Supreme Court unanimously held that when an insured fails to seek its insurer’s consent to settle a claim, the insured cannot pursue litigation against its insurer to recover settlement amounts...more

Claims Made During Policy Period Barred When Arising Out of Facts Disclosed or Required to be Disclosed in Application

In Crown Capital Securities v. Endurance Amer. Specialty Ins. Co. (No. B256241, filed 4/10/15), a California appeals court affirmed summary judgment for a professional liability insurer on a finding that coverage was barred...more

Court Finds In Favor Of Harbinger On $50 Million Claim Involving Purchase Of Old Mutual Financial Life Insurance Company

In a lengthy opinion detailing extensive findings of fact and law, a New York federal district court entered its order in favor of Harbinger F&G, LLC and against OM Group (UK) Limited in an action stemming from claims arising...more

Too Many Changes, More Consultation Required: Comments on Proposed Cooperative Capital Markets Legislation

Comments on the consultation drafts of the uniform provincial capital markets legislation, Provincial Capital Markets Act (PCMA), and new federal capital markets legislation, Capital Markets Stability Act (CMSA),...more

The Big Deal About Big Data: What Life Insurers Must Know

Big data and predictive analytics, which forecast future outcomes based on past occurrences, allow companies to examine large stores of data and uncover patterns that can be used to gain a competitive advantage. Long-used in...more

At the State Level, Is a Fixed-Index Annuity?

The so-called Harkin Amendment to the Dodd-Frank Act was intended to keep fixed-index annuities outside the SEC’s jurisdiction. But the issue remains unsettled on the state level. For example, an Illinois state court recently...more

United States District Court In Texas Holds AXIS Excess D&O Policy Cannot Be Triggered Where Insured Settled With Primary Insurer...

In a May 12, 2014 ruling, one week before the scheduled start of trial, United States Magistrate Judge K. Nicole Mitchell granted Summary Judgment to AXIS Insurance Company finding that the insured's settlement with its...more

NAIC Considers Proposal Which Might Expand The Market For Cat Bonds Among Life Insurance Companies

At the November 17, 2014 meeting of the Valuation of Securities Task Force of the NAIC’s Financial Condition (E) Committee, a proposal was received from the North American CRO [Chief Risk Officers] Council to modify the...more

Unclaimed Property Issues Under Debate as Uniform Law Commission Rewrites the Uniform Act

Proposed revisions to the Uniform Unclaimed Property Act were under debate this past week in Washington, DC as the Uniform Law Commission (ULC or Commission) Committee to Revise the Uniform Unclaimed Property Act (Drafting...more

Colorado Supreme Court: Late Notice Inexcusable under Claims-Made Policies

Facts - In Craft v. Philadelphia Indemnity Ins. Co., 2015 CO 11 (Colo. Feb. 17, 2015), Craft was the principal shareholder and president of two entities to which Philadelphia issued claims-made directors and officers...more

Alternative Capital Proving That For Reinsurers, Size Does Not Matter

The (re)insurance industry is changing and recent consolidations are signaling a momentous shift for customers too. Every once in a while the staid insurance and reinsurance industries go through a momentous change...more

Goldman Sachs Settles RMBS Suit

On February 6, 2015, plaintiffs Union Central Life Insurance, Ameritas Life Insurance, and Acacia Life Insurance filed a letter with the court stating that they had reached an agreement with Goldman Sachs to settle claims...more

RMBS Fraud Claims Against Bank of America Dismissed

On February 6, 2015, Judge Stanley Chesler of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey granted in part and denied in part Bank of America’s motions to dismiss two related cases filed against it by...more

U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission Grants Relief From Commodity Pool Operator Obligations Concerning Insurance-Linked...

In CFTC Letter No. 14-145 Exemption (November 12, 2014) and CFTC Letter No. 14-152 No-Action (December 18, 2014), the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (DSIO)...more

D&O Insurance Law - 2014 Year in Review

Directors and Officers (D&O) liability and the insurance coverage issues presented by litigation arising from the same continued to be the subject of numerous judicial decisions at the state and federal level during 2014. The...more

Australian Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC) reviews insurers’ outsourcing arrangements

ASIC has announced today that QBE has made changes to its outsourcing of ‘escalated complaints and dispute resolution’ to an Australian law firm following concerns raised by ASIC. ...more

Biochemics, Inc. v. Axis Reinsurance Co.: When Does a D&O “Claim” Occur?

A recent decision of the United States District Court for Massachusetts underscores the need for holders of director and officer (“D&O”) policies to provide timely – and early – notice of a claim, especially when the SEC...more

Lessons Learned: Report All Potential D&O Liability Insurance Claims Without Delay

The District Court of Massachusetts’ January 6, 2015 opinion in Biochemics, Inc. v. Axis Reinsurance Co., 2015 WL 71493 (D. Mass. Jan. 6, 2015), reaffirms the importance of providing timely notice of all D&O liability claims...more

New Law Aligns Clearing and Margin Exceptions for Swaps

On January 13, President Obama signed legislation that aligns the rules relating to swap clearing and mandatory margin for uncleared swaps so that any entity that qualifies for an exemption from clearing its swaps also is...more

CFTC Grants No-Action Relief to Commodity Pool Operators with Respect to Certain Insurance-Linked Securitization Vehicles

Toward the end of 2014, the staff of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s (CFTC) Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (DSIO) issued two letters affecting insurance-linked securitization vehicles: CFTC...more

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