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Louisiana Insurance Regulator Confirms Innovator-Friendly Approach to Anti-Rebating

The practice of rebating has long been prohibited in nearly every state across the country. Despite this long-standing and widespread prohibition, the full scope of services that are and are not permissible under each state’s...more

Washington Introduces Bill to Clarify Anti-Rebating and Inducement Laws

Key Points - - The Washington Insurance Commissioner recently found that Washington’s anti-rebating and inducement laws prohibit California-based insurance producer Zenefits from offering valuable software functions...more

California Supreme Court Endorses the Insurance Commissioner’s Authority to Regulate Wayward Insurers

by Nossaman LLP on

On Monday, the California Supreme Court revived a 2011 insurance regulation designed to protect homeowners from underinsurance because of the insurance company’s use of potentially misleading estimates for home replacement...more

California’s High Court Gives Insurance Regulators New Tools To Broaden Authority

by Carlton Fields on

Nearly two years ago, a California appellate court invalidated a rule promulgated by the state’s Insurance Commissioner, on the ground that the regulator lacks authority to prohibit “deceptive acts or practices” which are not...more

This Month in Corruption: Snapshots of the Public Trust Betrayed

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If I were back in the newspaper business, I’d probably write a lead for this article with the cliché that “crime never takes a holiday.” Yes, clichés are the first resort of lazy scribes, but the good thing is, they are...more

Recent Regulatory Obstacles and Potential Solutions for InsurTech Companies

On November 23, 2016, the Washington Insurance Commissioner ordered Zenefits to cease providing free access to software, following a nearly two-year investigation that began in February 2015 and a separate $100,000 fine in...more

Appellate Court Notes

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

Supreme Court Advance Release Opinions: SC19586 - Harrington v. Freedom of Information Commission - The Court started off by saying..... We have not previously had occasion to squarely address..... [this]...more

NEW UPDATE: Is Your Workers’ Compensation Program Unlawful?

In two previous posts, on April 19, 2016 and June 21, 2016, we reported on the EquityComp workers’ compensation program offered by Berkshire Hathaway subsidiaries Applied Underwriters (Applied) and California Insurance...more

California Insurance Commissioner Asks DOJ to Block Proposed Mergers

by King & Spalding on

On June 23, 2016, California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones submitted a letter urging the Department of Justice, Antitrust Division (DOJ) to block the proposed merger between Aetna, Inc. (Aetna) and Humana, Inc. (Humana). ...more

NC Legislative Update - June 2016 #4

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

Last Week - It appears that House and Senate leadership will keep their word on adjourning before the 4th of July, with leadership of the two chambers apparently agreeing to a budget over the weekend. The Senate worked...more

UPDATE: Is Your Workers’ Compensation Program Unlawful?

Under a ruling this week from the California Insurance Commissioner, your company may be insured under an unenforceable workers’ compensation program. You may also be entitled to a refund of premiums paid to California...more

NAIC Task Force Continues Work on Insurance Data Security Model Law

On May 24 and 25, the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (the NAIC) Cybersecurity (EX) Task Force (the Task Force) hosted a meeting in which state insurance commissioners and interested parties were invited to...more

IAIS Secretary General Considers Path to International Cybersecurity Standard

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Last week, the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) hosted the 2016 NAIC International Insurance Forum. The Forum addressed topics such as the management of catastrophic disaster risks, industry perspectives...more

California Insurance Commissioner Approves Centene/Health Net Merger

by Baker Donelson on

Since the summer of 2015, a great deal of attention has focused on whether the proposed Anthem/Cigna and Aetna/Humana mergers will be approved by federal and state antitrust regulators. These transactions have been the...more

Is Your Workers Compensation Program Unlawful?

A popular workers compensation insurance program offered by Berkshire Hathaway subsidiaries Applied Underwriters Captive Risk Assurance Company (Applied Underwriters) and California Insurance Company may be in trouble. On...more

New Legislation To Register and Regulate TPAs Proposed in Washington State

by Polsinelli on

Legislation was recently introduced in the Washington State House of Representatives (HB 2445) and the Washington State Senate (SB 6447) that would require third party administrators to register with the Washington Office of...more

California Insurance Commissioner Asks Insurers to Exit Thermal Coal Investments

by Locke Lord LLP on

On January 25 the California Insurance Commissioner issued a press release, and also sent email messages to insurers licensed in California, indicating that he is requesting all insurers doing business in California to...more

More Senior Staff Changes at the Texas Department of Insurance

by Locke Lord LLP on

After 24 years of service with the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI), General Counsel Sara Wait will be retiring in December 2015. Wait has had a distinguished career at TDI after starting as a law clerk in TDI’s...more

IREG Update - September 2015

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Hot Topic: New York's certificates of insurance law now in effect - The new law addresses long-standing industry concerns and codifies opinions issued by the New York Insurance Department's (predecessor to the Department...more

NAIC Report: 2015 Summer National Meeting

The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) held its 2015 Summer National Meeting from August 13 through August 18 in Chicago, Illinois. The meeting was notable for the number of new insurance commissioners...more

IREG Update - August 2015 #2

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Hot Topic: New York Emergency Medical Services and Surprise Bills Law - Earlier this year, New York’s Emergency Medical Services and Surprise Bills Law went into effect (the full text of the bill is available on the...more

Manatt on Health Reform: Weekly Highlights - August 2015 #2

Reductions in uninsured rates are greatest in states with Medicaid expansions and State-based or State Partnership Marketplaces; Kentucky finds increased use of preventive healthcare following Medicaid expansion; and,...more

Meet Chris Christie’s Choice for Commissioner of Banking & Insurance for New Jersey

by Reed Smith on

As part of a restructuring in his administration, New Jersey Governor and GOP Presidential Candidate Chris Christie has nominated Richard J. Badolato, formerly a private practice insurance litigator in Roseland, NJ, as the...more

Louisiana Cuts Surplus Lines Tax Rate

by Locke Lord LLP on

Louisiana’s legislature recently enacted House Bill 259, which cuts the surplus lines tax rate from 5 percent to 4.85 percent. The law, which also eliminates the insurance commissioner's authority to enter into the...more

Nevada Appoints Acting Insurance Commissioner

by Locke Lord LLP on

Parks has eleven years with the Division and this will be her second term serving as Acting Commissioner. Parks has served as Chief Insurance Counsel and Hearing Officer for the Nevada Division of Insurance since 2009, and...more

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