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Large Secondary Market Transaction Allegedly Gone Awry

In a complaint filed last week in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, Plaintiff Britannia, LLC sued Avon Capital, LLC and Tranen Capital Alternative Investment Fund, Ltd. in connection with...more

No Investor Harm, No Ill-gotten Gains But SEC Fines Insurer $8 Million

Last week the Commission resolved a proceeding involving a life insurance company centered on the pricing of its variable annuity and variable life insurance products. Specifically, the Order alleged violations of Rule 22c-1...more

Is That Covered - Misrepresentations In Sale of Life Insurance

A Pennsylvania appellate court on Tuesday affirmed a $300,000 judgment against Riversource Life Insurance Co. in a suit accusing the insurer and its agent of making fraudulent misrepresentations in the sale of a couple's...more

Alabama’s High Court: No Contract Means No Bad Faith

In many states, pleading and proving the existence of a valid contract is necessary for both a breach of contract cause of action and also for a viable bad faith claim, and the Alabama Supreme Court addressed exactly that...more

Benefits of an Irrevocable Life Insurance Trust as Security for Support

Divorce or separation agreements often require one spouse to maintain life insurance as security for their support obligation. Attorneys often do not address the tax implications if the insured spouse owns the policy. ...more

ERISA: Public School Teacher’s Employee Benefits Governed by ERISA? Yes!

When you see a claim for disability or life insurance benefits by a public school teacher, you might assume the claim is not governed by ERISA because of the governmental plan exception....more

Unclaimed Property Audit Primer for Broker-Dealers

Background - The same State Treasurers and contingency-fee unclaimed property auditors that focused on the life insurance industry are now turning their attention to broker-dealers. Sutherland has been actively...more

Eureka: California Controller Discovers New Source of Revenue from Insurers

The California Controller’s (Controller) latest squeeze on the life insurance industry involves: sending life insurers notices of assessment of interest on unclaimed property reported and voluntarily remitted in December...more

Participant’s Estate Fails to Show a Claim For Failure to Give Notice of Right to Continue Life Insurance Coverage: Estate of...

Providing a practical lesson on determining a duty to give notice to ERISA participants, the U. S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida dismissed the claim by the estate of an ERISA group life insurance plan...more

New duty of disclosure regulations released

The regulation (Insurance Contracts Amendment Regulation 2015 (No. 1) (Cth)) setting out the new recommended wording for notifying customers of their duty of disclosure under s.22 of the Insurance Contract Act 1984 (Cth) came...more

SEC Pursues Another Fractional Interest Company

On April 7, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filed a complaint in the United States District Court for the Central District of California against Pacific West Capital Group, Inc., its owner, and the...more

4th Circuit Finds Insurer Was Not Required to Provide Notice Prior to Cancelling Life Insurance Policy for Unpaid Premium

An insured’s failure to make payments on his life insurance policy led it to lapse before his death according to Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Wactor v. Jackson National Life Insurance Co., No. 13-2367, 2015 WL 1020653...more

Remarriage & Estate Planning: Common Errors (Part 2)

This week on our blog we have been discussing remarriage and estate planning – including the questions you should ask yourself about estate planning after a second marriage and which documents you need to review and update...more

First Circuit’s RAA-Friendly Ruling Stands

The class plaintiffs’ challenge to a group life insurer’s use of so-called retained asset accounts (RAAs) in Merrimon v. Unum Life Insurance Company of America has come to an unsuccessful end. On January 26, the United...more

The Big Deal About Big Data: What Life Insurers Must Know

Big data and predictive analytics, which forecast future outcomes based on past occurrences, allow companies to examine large stores of data and uncover patterns that can be used to gain a competitive advantage. Long-used in...more

Case Alert: Employee Benefits Insurance – Does Coverage Apply to Employees Working Overseas?

What happened? In Rai v Legal & General Assurance Society [2015] EWHC 170, the English High Court decided that coverage was not available under an employee benefits insurance policy due to the operation of an exclusion in...more

STOLI Schemers Must Make Good on Damages Caused

Followers of stranger-originated life insurance (STOLI) issues have likely read over the last few years about Ohio National Life Assurance Corp. v. Davis and the favorable results the insurer obtained in its action against...more

Controller Must Still “Look To Find A Reason To Believe”

Last month, I wrote about reports that the SEC is seeking years of employment agreements, nondisclosure agreements and other documents in an effort to ferret out possible restraints on whistleblowers. See Is Anything Fishy...more

Life Insurance and Estate Planning

Life insurance can play an important role in estate planning. It is important to understand the uses and purposes of life insurance and the tax consequences of owning a policy and receiving a death benefit....more

Eighth Circuit Issues Landmark Insurable Interest Ruling

March 13, 2015 – This morning the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit handed down a game-changing ruling with major implications for the life settlements industry. The Eighth Circuit’s decision in PHL...more

11th Circuit Certifies Insurable Interest Questions in Pruco Cases to the Florida Supreme Court

On February 27, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit certified two important questions of Florida insurable interest law to the Florida Supreme Court. ...more

NAIC Considers Proposal Which Might Expand The Market For Cat Bonds Among Life Insurance Companies

At the November 17, 2014 meeting of the Valuation of Securities Task Force of the NAIC’s Financial Condition (E) Committee, a proposal was received from the North American CRO [Chief Risk Officers] Council to modify the...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

FHFA Updates Requirements for Freddie and Fannie Sales of Non-Performing Loans - On March 2, FHFA announced changes to requirements for sales of non-performing loans (NPLs) by Freddie and Fannie to reduce the number of...more

Punishing Good Deeds in California

Most state treasurers now demand that life insurers search public databases, such as the Social Security Administration’s Death Master File (DMF), for potential claims. State treasurers similarly require insurers to remit...more

Seller Beware: Eighth Circuit Finds Insurer Potentially Liable for Enrollment Mistakes of Employer

In Silva v. Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, 762 F.3d 711 (8th Cir. 2014), the Eighth Circuit joined a number of other circuits in recognizing equitable remedies of reformation and surcharge based on a breach of fiduciary...more

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