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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!

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

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

by Carlton Fields on

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

Sprouting Activity at the NAIC

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Various NAIC groups have planted seeds for a number of regulatory initiatives that impact life insurers. The Cybersecurity Task Force has been tilling the ground in preparation for a third draft of the NAIC Cybersecurity...more

Eleventh Circuit Looks To Alabama’s Doctrine Of “Intertwining” To Determine Non-Signatory Cannot Be Compelled To Arbitrate

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Under Alabama law, “arbitration may be compelled under the doctrine of ‘intertwining’ where arbitrable and nonarbitrable claims are so closely related that the party to a controversy subject to arbitration is equitably...more

Utah Federal Court Holds That Incontestability Statute Bars Insurer From Avoiding Death Claim on STOLI Policy

On March 13, 2017, Judge David Nuffer of the United States District Court for the District of Utah granted defendant Wilmington Trust Company's motion to dismiss a lawsuit seeking to invalidate an alleged "STOLI"...more

The Walking Dead - Using Private Placement Variable Deferred Annuity Contracts to Enhance the Investment Return in Life Settlement...

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Overview - I have always been a film fan. Growing up in the Panama Canal Zone, one of my Mother’s jobs for the Panama Canal Company was serving as the manager of the Balboa Theater. We used to watch initial screenings of...more

Prospects Fade for NAIC Unclaimed Life Insurance and Annuities Model Act

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The prospects for an NAIC Unclaimed Life Insurance and Annuities Model Act (“Model Act”) appear to be fading based on developments at the Unclaimed Life Insurance Benefits (A) Working Group’s March 7 meeting. The Working...more

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