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Paradise Found! - The Use of PPLI Planning in Income Realization Planning in the Sale of a Capital Asset

I was at the PPLI conference in Boston a week and a half ago. Usually it is the same group of people saying the same things. However, this year was a little different. I have lived through several cycles of evolution of the...more

Expect Focus - ONLINE HEALTH CARE: NOT SO FAST Telemedicine Hits A Few Speed Bumps, Volume II, Spring 2015

In This Issue: - IN THE SPOTLIGHT • Risky Business: Common Cyber Security Risks, Expensive Consequences - LIFE INSURANCE • Ninth Circuit Finds Bonus Indexed Annuity Delivers Exactly...more

For Life Insurers and Agents – A Summary of Predicted Litigation Under the DOL’s Proposed Fiduciary Rule

The Department of Labor’s recent Proposed Rule (the “Proposal”), which defines the term “fiduciary” as it applies to persons who provide “investment advice” to ERISA plans and IRAs, will impact the likelihood and severity of...more

What does "will be insured" actually mean?

Balancing obligations to provide health and life insurance benefits to retirees with other legitimate business needs can be tricky. Although retirees depend on the benefits, employers may need to modify benefit plans for...more

$84 Million Settlement in Northwestern Mutual Annuity Class Case

March 26 marked the beginning of the end for the storied 14-year litigation concerning Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Pre-MN annuities when the Eastern District of Wisconsin granted preliminary approval of a proposed...more

Are Custodial Accounts Guaranteed a Guaranty?

The Insured Retirement Institute (IRI) is investigating whether state guaranty funds cover annuities housed in custodial accounts, including IRA custodial accounts. During the IRI’s monthly call in March, the chief counsel of...more

Statutory Accounting Fraud Under RICO

Echoing New York’s regulatory criticism concerning the use of captive reinsurers and similar allegations in recent class actions filed against several New York life insurers, an annuity contract owner has filed a putative...more

The Insurance Examination Privilege Just Became Important

When a U.S. insurance regulator investigates market conduct or financial solvency, its work is governed by a state law based on the NAIC Model Law on Examinations. Like the Model Law, all state laws strictly protect the...more

A Tale of Two Annuities: Exchange of Variable for Fixed Annuity Integral in SLUSA Dismissal

After attending an annuity seminar, Robert and Diane Ruud exchanged their variable annuity for a fixed annuity sold by PHL Variable. According to the Ruuds, seminar provider John Friendshuh represented the fixed annuity as...more

Appellate Courts + STOLI = Mixed Results

In recent years, federal district courts addressing claims and defenses with respect to stranger-originated life insurance (STOLI) schemes have reached a variety of results. Accordingly, federal appellate courts have...more

Ninth Circuit Finds Bonus Indexed Annuity Delivers Exactly What was Promised

Observing that it "delivered precisely what it promised," the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently affirmed summary judgment for an insurer in a case alleging violations of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt...more

Financial Markets Disputes and Regulatory Update - Summer 2015 Issue 1

In This Issue: - What is worth remembering from the first half of 2015? - Judgments - so far this year… ..Jurisdiction for claims in relation to bearer bonds ..Exercise of contractual rights by...more

NAIC Close to Adopting Guideline for IUL Illustrations

On June 4, after long deliberation and extensive consultation with issuers of indexed universal life (IUL) insurance policies and other interested parties by the Life Actuarial (A) Task Force (LATF), the NAIC’s Life Insurance...more

NAIC Unclaimed Benefits Model Drafting (A) Subgroup Identifies Key Model Law Issues

On May 29, the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (the NAIC) Unclaimed Benefits Model Drafting (A) Subgroup (the Subgroup) met to discuss regulator and industry materials submitted to the Subgroup and identified...more

Nowotny on Private Placement Life Insurance [Video]

This is the first in what will hopefully of a series of videos on private placement insurance products and planning. This is a topic of increasing interest and popularity with high net worth clients and their advisors. My...more

Starting a New Job? Consider These Tips When Signing Up for Employee Benefits

When you start a new job you may be offered a wide range of employee benefits, from retirement accounts to life insurance. If you are the parent of a child with special needs, the decisions you make when signing up for these...more

NAIC Panel Approves Draft Captive Accreditation Standards

The NAIC Financial Regulation Standards and Accreditation Committee recently approved revisions that will impact some captives reinsuring XXX/AXXX reserves, variable annuities and long-term care products. The approval comes...more

SEC Sanctions Insurance Company for Variable Contract Pricing Violations

The Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) recently charged a life insurance company with violating the pricing requirements under Rule 22c-1 of the Investment Company Act of 1940 in respect of purchase and redemption...more

Global Trends in Insurance M&A in 2014 and Beyond

Looking back on 2014: The return of the billion dollar transactions - In recent years, insurance companies have largely focused on improving their performance by cutting costs amidst a slow post-global financial crisis...more

Court Warns That Marriage Does Not Render A Spouse Automatically Entitled To Preexisting Life Insurance Policies

In a recent unpublished decision, the New Jersey Appellate Division has again stressed the importance of complying with the beneficiary designation requirements contained in life insurance policies. See Fox v. Lincoln...more

Life Partners, Et Al. V. Arnold Et Al.; Texas Supreme Court Confirms Fractionalized Life Settlement Interests Sold To Texas...

The ruling – On May 8, 2015, the Texas Supreme Court, in Life Partners, Inc., et al. v. Michael Arnold, et al., case number 14-1022, unanimously affirmed two Texas state appellate court decisions and concluded that...more

Arizona Reduces Punitive Damages in Insurance Bad Faith Case Again: Arellano v. Primerica Life Insurance

In Arellano v. Primerica Life Insurance Company, 235 Ariz. 371, 332 P.3d 597 (App. 2014), despite finding an insurer’s conduct moderately to highly reprehensible, the Arizona Court of Appeals recently reduced a punitive...more

Internet Posting of SPD is Insufficient

Employers know that they must prepare and distribute a summary plan description (SPD) for their ERISA benefit plans, including retirement benefits, health insurance, life insurance and disability insurance. Because of the...more

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

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