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Summer 2017 Sees Hot Developments in Regulating Insurer Capital and Life Reserve Financing

At the recent National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) Summer National Meeting held in Philadelphia from August 6, 2017, to August 9, 2017, the NAIC continued its work on group capital calculation standards,...more

The New Wave of Life Settlement Litigation: Attacks on Cost of Insurance Rate Increases

Starting in 2015 and continuing into 2016, a number of insurance carriers raised the cost of insurance ("COI") rates on universal life insurance policies, resulting in dramatic increases to the premiums required to keep the...more

The Importance of Keeping Beneficiary Designations Up-To-Date

by Pessin Katz Law, P.A. on

The bulk of inheritances left to loved ones are usually not held in bank accounts, cars, and other tangible assets. Rather, they are tied up in retirement accounts (such as an IRA, SEP, 401(k) or 403(b)), life insurance...more

NAIC Report: 2017 Summer National Meeting

The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) met in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for the 2017 Summer National Meeting from August 5-9. Commissioners, staff and interested parties alike converged in Philadelphia...more

NYDFS proposed regulation addresses financial disclosure requirements for directors and officers of private equity buyers of...

by Hogan Lovells on

On August 9, 2017, the New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) released for public comment proposed amendments to its regulations governing the approval process for the acquisition of control of insurance companies...more

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

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

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

by Dickinson Wright on

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

by Carlton Fields on

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

by Carlton Fields on

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

by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC on

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"

by Carlton Fields on

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

by Carlton Fields on

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

by Downey Brand LLP on

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

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

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

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

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...

by Winstead PC on

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

by Dickinson Wright on

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

by Lewitt Hackman on

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

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