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Family Business Interests, Charitable Remainder Trusts and Life Insurance: Q & A with Capital Strategies Group

Bradley’s Family Owned Business team asked our friends at Capital Strategies Group, Inc. to share a case illustrating how high-net-worth families involved in family businesses are using life insurance in creative ways that go...more

Employee Benefits Developments - July 2017

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The Employee Benefits practice group is pleased to present the Benefits Developments Newsletter for the month of July, 2017. Class Action Plaintiffs Target University 403(b) Plans - In June, an ERISA action – a proposed...more

Cash Value of Life Insurance Policy Exempt From Garnishment

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DC Mex Holdings LLC v Affordable Land LLC and Dale Fuller, ___ Mich. App. ___ (July 25, 2017), Case no. 332439 - Michigan’s Court of Appeals recently issued an opinion interpreting a statutory provision exempting insurance...more

FINRA Proposes to Loosen Restrictions on Performance Projections

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In March, FINRA solicited comments on proposed amendments to Rule 2210, Communications with the Public, that would create an exception to the rule’s prohibition on projecting investment performance. The proposed exception...more

Eighth Circuit Affirms Dismissal of RICO Claim in So-Called Shadow Insurance Suit

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In Ludwick v. Harbinger Group, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit affirmed the dismissal under the McCarran-Ferguson Act of a federal RICO claim against Fidelity & Guaranty (and its owner and several affiliates)...more

NYDFS Makes Inquiry into Life Insurers’ Use of Algorithmic Underwriting

On June 29, 2017, the New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) issued an information request pursuant to Section 308 of the New York Insurance Law addressed to all life insurers and fraternal benefit societies...more

West Virginia OIC Releases Summary of 2017 Insurance Legislation

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The West Virginia Office of the Insurance Commissioner has released Informational Letter No.199 summarizing significant insurance legislation enacted during the 2017 Regular Session and First Special Session of the West...more

Florida Adopts New Life Insurance Notice Requirement for Changes in Policy "Status"

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On June 26, 2016, a new Florida Statute (Section 626.99292) was signed into law, effective immediately, which imposes problematic policyholder notice requirements on life insurers. The new notice requirements were added by...more

Judgments

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No duty to obtain best price reasonable in a forced sale – upheld by Court of Appeal - (1) Rosserlane Consultants Ltd (2) Swinbrook Developments Ltd v. Credit Suisse International [2017] EWCA Civ 91 - This was the...more

New York DFS Requests Information on Use of External Consumer Data and Information Sources in Life Insurance Underwriting

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On June 29, the New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) initiated an investigation into the use of external (i.e., not provided by the consumer) consumer data or information sources in connection with underwriting by...more

Don’t Forget To Calendar Your Deadlines – Especially The Statutory Ones!

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If you commence an action by way of summons with notice, you must bear in mind the strict time limitations imposed by CPLR 3012(b). When the other party timely serves a written demand for a complaint, you have exactly twenty...more

Courts Should Read Elder Abuse Act Broadly to Stop Wrongdoers

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California’s Elder Abuse and Dependent Adult Civil Protection Act is elastic enough to encompass claims arising from sharp insurance sales practices, even when elders do not pay anything directly to the agents. So concluded...more

Wealth Management Update - June 2017

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June Interest Rates for GRATs, Sales to Defective Grantor Trusts, Intra-family Loans and Split Interest Charitable Trusts - The June § 7520 rate for use with estate planning techniques such as CRTs, CLTs, QPRTs and GRATs...more

Life insurance planning for the business owner

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Life insurance is an effective tool that business owners can use to provide liquidity at their passing for both their businesses and their families. Having a properly drafted buy-sell agreement is key to avoiding conflict and...more

Back to Basics – Costly Consequences of Ignoring Process in Benefits Administration

The stories of an employer and a long-term disability insurer and claims fiduciary for an ERISA plan, defendants in two recent cases, ring so true. In the first case, the insurer was designated as claims fiduciary for an...more

Court Held That Settlor Had Standing To Assert Extra-Contractual Misrepresentation Claims Regarding Insurance Policies He...

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In Lee v. Rogers Agency, Lee purchased three whole-life insurance policies in the 1980s where each had a face value of $1,000,000. No. 06-15-00037, 2017 Tex. App. LEXIS 1069 (Tex. App.—Texarkana February 8, 2017, pet. filed)....more

Company Liable for Not Providing Accurate Information about Benefits

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A recent court case, Erwood vs Life Insurance Company of North America, is a reminder that plan sponsors must understand the terms of their welfare and retirement benefit plans, and ensure that their staff follows the...more

Accidental Disinheritance: Update Wills, Estate Plans Annually

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So you have an estate plan? Good for you. You funded it? Even better. But have you updated it and your will in the last year? If you haven’t, your loved ones or favorite charities may be in for an unpleasant surprise. Your...more

NAIC Report: 2017 Spring National Meeting

The NAIC’s 2016 Annual Report is titled, “Inspiring Innovation” and the themes of innovation and the new capabilities that technology offers were evident throughout the weekend. In March, the NAIC announced the creation of a...more

Employer Liable for Failing to Provide Life Insurance Conversion Information to Disabled Employee

A recent decision by the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania serves as a reminder that an employer may incur significant financial liability for failing to timely provide life insurance...more

Case Note: Insurer’s Loss in Wisconsin “STOLI” Action Affirmed by Seventh Circuit

Following-up on a case note published late last year regarding the courts’ continued analyses of stranger-originated life insurance (“STOLI”) policies, the Seventh Circuit affirmed the district court’s summary judgment order...more

Expect Focus - Life Insurance: Risky Business, Volume I, March 2017

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Regulators Demand Third-Party Risk Management - While third-party risk management has been a required component of an effective enterprise risk management program for many years, the topic is receiving elevated...more

Cost of Insurance Litigation Review

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As illustrated by the two examples here, recent decisions on preliminary motions seeking to dispose of or narrow the scope of claims challenging COI rate determinations suggest the industry may be enmeshed in litigation for...more

Second Circuit Affirms Dismissal of "Shadow Insurance" Lawsuits

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In a summary order issued February 23, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed the dismissal of two so-called “shadow insurance” putative class action lawsuits — Ross v. AXA Equitable Life Insurance...more

The Ninth Circuit Finds California’s Illustration Statutes Can Serve as the Predicate for UCL Liability

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On March 3, the Ninth Circuit in Walker v. Life Ins. Co. of the SW, ruled that an alleged violation of California’s life insurance illustration statutes could serve as a predicate for liability under the California Unfair...more

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