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Vermont Revises Credit For Reinsurance Regulation

The Vermont Department of Financial Regulation recently amended its regulation pertaining to credit for reinsurance. As we detailed on June 16, 2015, the amendment follows a proposal issued by the Department of Financial...more

New Jersey Court Rejects Theory of Spoliation By Encouragement

Three years out, Superstorm Sandy litigation continues to wend its way through New Jersey’s courts.  Last weekend, a federal judge in the state handed a victory to the insurer in Stiso v. State Farm Fire & Cas. Co., 2015 U.S....more

Commission discusses insurance sector

Commission Director General, Olivier Guersent, spoke on the Capital Markets Union action plan with particular attention to the Solvency 2 Delegated Act. Mr Guersent highlighted the main aspects of the Act as being the...more

Court Finds That Follow The Fortunes Doctrine Does Not Apply To Claims Against A Reinsurance Program’s TPA, But Dismisses Suit...

A New York federal district court recently held that the follow the fortunes doctrine does not govern certain claims brought against a third-party administrator of a reinsurance program, but otherwise granted the...more

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Update: Weeks Ending November 13 & 20, 2015

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - Property Damage/Breach of Contract: insurer failed to prove that it provided insured with notification of its right to mediate at the time insured made his claim pursuant to Florida Statutes,...more

Triple Threat to Coverage: Third Circuit Departs From Three Fundamental Rules in Applying “Prior Publication” Exclusion

Three well-established rules — (1) that policy exclusions are to be interpreted narrowly, (2) that an insurer has the burden to prove the applicability of an exclusion, and (3) that an insurer has a duty to defend as long as...more

No Escape from Duty to Defend By Escape Clause

Underwriters of Interest Subscribing to Policy Number A15274001 v. ProBuilders Specialty Insurance Company - Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District (October 23, 2015) - The California Fourth Appellate District...more

NYDFS Letter: “Potential” Cybersecurity Regulations for Insurers

On November 9, 2015, the New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) issued a letter that describes what insurers can expect from the Department’s ongoing assessment of cybersecurity measures. The letter parallels...more

Second Circuit’s Policy Language Interpretation Leaves Insurer Down in the Dumps

So this dump truck can’t make it through an overpass on I-90; the crash knocks the dump box off the truck and into the road. Five minutes later (or 30 seconds, if you believe some people), along comes Mr. Itzkowitz, with his...more

Make Your Insurance Policies List and Check It Twice

As the holidays rapidly approach, it is a perfect time for retailers to review their insurance policies and understand the extent of their coverage. Seasonal hires, new products and revisions in services may expose retailers...more

Insurer’s Action To Arbitrate Stayed In Lieu Of Earlier-Filed State Court Coverage Action

An Illinois federal court recently stayed an insurer’s petition to compel arbitration of a dispute with its policyholder, finding that abstention in favor of an earlier-filed suit involving the parties was appropriate under...more

ELANY Hires Former New York Regulator as Financial Director

The Excess Line Association of New York (ELANY) has hired James Davis as financial director. Davis is responsible for the financial review and analysis of all eligible listed excess line insurers to verify their financial...more

IAIS reports on regulation and supervision of Microtakaful

The Islamic Financial Services Board (IFSB) and IAIS have issued a joint paper on issues in regulation and supervision of Microtakaful (Islamic microinsurance)....more

Claims Management Company Discloses Possible FCPA Violations

On November 9, an Atlanta-based claims management firm, disclosed that it had reported possible FCPA violations to DOJ and SEC. The company discovered the possible violations during an internal audit and has since launched an...more

NY Insurance Law 3420(d)(2) Is Strictly Enforced

It is of paramount importance that liability insurers doing business in New York be aware of the heightened disclaimer obligations applicable to claims implicating Insurance Law § 3420(d)(2). The statute, which applies to...more

Expect New Cybersecurity Regs from New York DFS

DFS identified several areas that would be the subject of specific requirements in the potential regulations. These include requirements for (i) cyber security policies and procedures, (ii) third-party service provider...more

Minnesota Commerce Commissioner Orders Insurers To Cease Using “Price-Optimization”

On November 16, 2015, Minnesota Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman issued Administrative Bulletin No. 2015-3, which ordered Property & Casualty Insurers doing business in the State of Minnesota to cease using “price...more

NAIC Cybersecurity Bill of Rights: The Awkward New Guest at the Data Breach Law Party

On October 14, 2015, the NAIC’s Cybersecurity (EX) Task Force adopted a Cybersecurity Bill of Rights, an aspirational, well-intended document outlining the rights insurance consumers should (or could? or might? this point...more

The Elephant in the Room – Catastrophic Property Damage from a Cyber Attack

This past October was the country’s first National Cyber Security Awareness Month, and that makes it an appropriate time to touch on a very troubling first-party exposure. Every day brings news of massive cyber attacks on...more

ESAs define risk weights for credit ratings

The ESAs have published the final two draft ITS on the mapping of credit assessments by external credit assessment institutions (ECAIs) under the Capital Requirements Regulation (CRR). The ESAs intend that only credit ratings...more

Cybersecurity and Data Privacy: Potential New Cybersecurity Regulations for Financial Institutions and Insurance Companies (11/15)

On the heels of recent high profile cyber-attacks against financial institutions and insurance companies, the New York State Department of Financial Services released a letter on November 9, 2015 that outlines proposed...more

Another Cyber-Risk: Hacks That Cause Property Damage and Interrupt Business Processes

In recent years, there has been no shortage of news about large-scale data privacy breaches; incidents that have affected tens of millions of consumers nationwide. Those incidents have spurred a growing market for so-called...more

Insurance Benefit Assignment to Contractors: Not in Texas

In Florida and other states, a post-loss assignment of insurance benefits (or AOB) has become commonplace and a hot-topic issue. The typical scenario is that after suffering a loss, the insured assigns the right to policy...more

EIOPA reports on Solvency 2 ITS

EIOPA has published its final report on its consultation on ITS setting out procedures for the application of transitional measures for calculating the equity risk sub-module under Solvency 2. The ITS provide guidance on the...more

State Insurance Regulators Take Action Against Unlicensed Third Party Administrators

Recently, two state insurance departments took action against third party administrators operating in their respective states based on their failure to be properly licensed as a TPA. These regulatory actions against...more

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