California Office of Administrative Law Disallows Insurance Department Rule on Iranian Investments


Yesterday afternoon, the California Office of Administrative Law (“OAL”) issued a decision finding that a rule adopted by California Department of Insurance (“CDI”) to restrict insurers’ investment in companies that do business with Iran was an improper “underground” regulation. A copy of the OAL’s decision is found here (see article below for pdf).

As we previously reported in this blog, on July 9, 2009, the CDI issued a broadly-drafted Data Call to all insurers admitted in California seeking information on their investments in or related to Iran.

The Data Call not only sought information as to insurers’ direct investments in organizations owned or controlled directly or indirectly by the Iranian government, but also indirect investments, including investments in a company that, in turn, does business with any of the five sectors set forth in the Data Call (defense, nuclear, petroleum, natural gas or banking). The information was due by September 30, 2009.

Please see full article below for more information.

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