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Considerations For Insurers In The Aftermath Of The MetLife Consent Decree

MetLife Consent Decree - On March 26, 2014, the New York Department of Financial Services (the "DFS") entered into a consent decree ("Consent Decree") with MetLife, Inc. and its subsidiaries, American Life Insurance...more

Hercules and the Lernaean Hydra: The Hercules Removal Jurisprudence Sprouts Yet Another Head

In yet another twist in the tortured labors of the Hercules jurisprudence regarding removal of general maritime law claims under 28 U.S.C. §1441(a), the Eastern District of Louisiana has generated a new, divergent “head” on...more

The New York Court of Appeals Considers the Consequences of a Liability Insurer’s Breach of the Duty to Defend

What are the consequences of a liability insurer’s breach of the duty to defend its insured against a potentially covered claim? Recent decisions from the New York Court of Appeals highlight differing views nationwide on...more

4th Circuit Holds Insurer Not Equitably Estopped From Denying Coverage

In an unpublished opinion, the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a South Carolina District Court judge’s finding that an insurer was equitably estopped from denying coverage to a new owner of the insured business for a...more

Tenth Circuit Holds That Two-And-One-Half Years And Two-And-One-Half Million Dollars Do Not Constitute Prejudice

In BSC Holding, Inc. et al. v. Lexington Ins. Co., — Fed.Appx. –, 2014 WL 929194 (10th Cir., March 11, 2014), the Tenth Circuit recently underscored how difficult it can be for an insurer to demonstrate prejudice as a result...more

Party Hosts (and Their Insurers) Beware - An Entry Fee to Cover Costs May Expose You to Liability

Trying to have a party on a budget, albeit an underage party with alcohol, the host required a cover charge to help cover the costs of the party. Both the trial court and the Court of Appeal agreed that this was not a sale of...more

Florida Supreme Court Holds Insurer Must Plead and Prove Prejudice From Insured’s Failure to Attend CME

In a recent decision in State Farm Mutual Automobile Ins. Co. v. Curran, 2014 Fla. App. LEXIS 3506 (Fla. March 14, 2014) the Florida Supreme Court addressed an auto policy issued by State Farm with a condition requiring an...more

Flood Insurance Reform Bill with Escrow Amendments Awaits President’s Signature

The U.S. House of Representatives and Senate recently passed, and the President is expected to sign into law, amendments to the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 (the Act). The legislation seeks to address...more

Health Insurer Fined Unprecedented $6.8 Million for HIPAA Violations

Federal fines for violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) may not exceed $1.5 million per incident per year. That's already a big number to think about — but employers also need to...more

Market Conduct Examinations: Are You Prepared?

Market analysis and market conduct examinations provide insurance regulators with information to assess how the insurance marketplace as a whole, and the individual insurance entities that make up that market, are in...more

Bad Faith Sentinel - March 2014

CONTENTS - United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit: An Absence of Ascertainable Damages Does Not Preclude an Award of Punitive Damages for Bad Faith pages 1 - 2 - Northern District of Alabama: Insurer...more

Ongoing Or Completed Operations? Fifth Circuit Finds No Duty To Defend Contractor Under Additional Insured Endorsement

In Woodward, L.L.C. v. Acceptance Indemnity Insurance Company, WL 535726 (5th Cir. 2014), the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals held the insurer had no duty to defend the contractor named as an additional insured under a...more

Ninth Circuit Holds Extrinsic Facts Triggered Duty to Defend

In its recent decision in Burlington Ins. Co. v. CHWC, Inc., 2014 U.S. App. LEXIS 3941 (9th Cir. Mar. 3, 2014), the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, applying California law, had occasion to consider an...more

FY 2015 Budget Tax Proposals Target Insurance Companies

On March 4, the Obama Administration released its fiscal year 2015 budget (FY 2015 Budget). In keeping with the Administration’s past budgets, the FY 2015 Budget includes a number of tax proposals that target insurance...more

Insurance and Reinsurance Newsletter: Claims Settlement: English Commercial Court Considers Lead Underwriter's Duties To Following...

In San Evans Maritime Inc and others v Aigaion Insurance Co SA1, the English Commercial Court considered whether the following underwriter was obliged to follow the settlement of the lead underwriter on one policy, in...more

Vermont Issues Guidance On Special Purpose Financial Insurers

The Vermont Department of Financial Regulation’s Captive Insurance Division has released a bulletin entitled “Guidance for Special Purpose Financial Insurers” to provide guidance regarding licensing standards and regulatory...more

Insurance Recovery Law - Feb 26, 2014

Fourth Circuit Allows Punitive Damages Against Insurer For Bad Faith Despite Lack Of Actual Damages - Why it matters: A policyholder is not required to prove ascertainable damages to be entitled to an award of...more

Utica And Century Ordered To Mandatory Mediation In Reinsurance Dispute

Utica Mutual Insurance Company brought an action in 2013 against Century Indemnity Company (itself and against certain of its named predecessors) for breach of contract and breach of the duty of utmost good faith, as well as...more

Could an Insurer’s Declaratory Judgment Action Waive the Right to Participate in Settlement in Illinois?

An insurer offers its insured a defense under a reservation of rights and files a complaint seeking a declaratory judgment determining coverage. This is not an uncommon sequence of events, either in Illinois or anywhere...more

Insurance Law - Feb 21, 2014: Legislative Update: 2013 New York Legislation Affecting Property/Casualty and Life Insurers

Unclaimed Life Insurance Benefits (Chapter 10) - Amends Section 3213-a of the Insurance Law, enacted in 2012, to clarify and strengthen certain provisions relating to the requirement that life insurers perform regular...more

Illinois Supreme Court Handing Down Bartlow and Evanston Insurance on Friday Morning

The Illinois Supreme Court has announced that it will file opinions in two civil cases on Friday morning at 10 a.m. The cases and issues presented are...more

Insurance Recovery Law - Feb 18, 2014

Insurer Must Indemnify TCPA Settlement, Despite Lack of Involvement - Why it matters: In a closely watched case out of Illinois, an appellate court held that a $1.7 million settlement in a Telephone Consumer...more

NCOIL Holds First Unclaimed Property Task Force Meeting; Cooperation With NAIC Proposed

On Monday, February 17, 2014, the National Conference of Insurance Legislators’ (NCOIL) Unclaimed Property Task Force (Task Force) conducted its first conference call. Co-chaired by two past NCOIL presidents, Representatives...more

2013 Insurance Industry Year End Review and Forecast for 2014 (Global)

The tectonic plates of insurance regulation are shifting – with reverberations across the industry. The industry is also faced with significant commercial pressures, including a flood of third-party capital; persistent...more

Bad Faith Sentinel - February 2014

In This Issue: - Indiana Bad Faith Ruling is Reminder that Resolution of Breach of Contract Claims in Favor of Insurer Does Not Necessarily Require Disposal of Tort-Based Bad Faith Claims - Fifth Circuit Court...more

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