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Treasury and U.S. Trade Representative Notify Congress of Intent to Initiate Negotiations on Covered Agreement With EU Regarding...

On Friday, November 20, 2015, the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) notified the chairs of the U.S. House Financial Services Committee, House Ways and Means Committee, Senate Banking...more

Court Finds That Follow The Fortunes Doctrine Does Not Apply To Claims Against A Reinsurance Program’s TPA, But Dismisses Suit...

A New York federal district court recently held that the follow the fortunes doctrine does not govern certain claims brought against a third-party administrator of a reinsurance program, but otherwise granted the...more

Court Lays Out Various Guidelines For Asserting Privilege In Insurance And Reinsurance Related Discovery

The court considered the various privilege assertions of both the insurers (plaintiffs) and the insureds (defendants) in a multi-insurer insurance litigation. In analyzing varying categories of documents, including subsets of...more

Connecticut Federal Court Grants Reinsurer’s Motion For Summary Judgment, Entitling It To Commission Adjustment Payments

In a diversity action arising out of a series of reinsurance agreements, a reinsurer, Odyssey Reinsurance Company, alleged that it was owed sliding scale commission adjustment payments from Cal-Regent Insurance Services...more

New York Appellate Court Affirms Granting Of Reinsurer’s Motion To Sever

Munich Reinsurance America, Inc., (“Munich”) moved to sever its suit against cedent Utica Mutual Insurance Company (“Utica”) from Utica’s suit against Transatlantic Reinsurance Company. Utica sought enforcement of reinsurance...more

Natural Disasters in Latin America: Reinsurance Issues

According to initial reports, Hurricane Patricia didn't end up causing nearly the damage that the world’s most powerful hurricane could have caused. It is a good reminder, however, for reinsurers of how sudden and...more

New York Appellate Court Leaves Open Question Of Whether A Loss Portfolio Transfer Constitutes “Treaty Reinsurance”

A New York state appellate court recently affirmed a decision denying a cedents motion to dismiss certain affirmative defenses asserted by a reinsurer, but found it could not rule as a matter of law whether a loss portfolio...more

New Hampshire Federal Court Rules That England’s Statute Of Limitations Applies To A Cedent’s Breach Of Contract Claim

In a diversity action based upon breach of a facultative reinsurance certificate, a New Hampshire federal court recently held that England’s six-year statute of limitations governed a cedent’s contract claim, rejecting the...more

Putative Class Representative Accusing Life Insurer Of “Hollow Asset” Reinsurance Lacks Article Iii Standing

We previously reported on putative class actions pending against life insurers for allegedly misleading customers by engaging in “shadow” or “hollow” reinsurance transactions, doing so most recently on August 3, 2015. In...more

Tennessee Issues Bulletin Re Reinsurance Ceded to Unauthorized Reinsurers by Tennessee Captives

The Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance recently issued a bulletin providing guidance to the Tennessee captive insurance industry on credit for reinsurance obtained by Tennessee captives from unauthorized...more

New UK Regulations to Govern Whistleblowing in Financial Institutions

This month, the FCA and PRA announced a new regime for whistleblowing that will start to be phased in from March 2016. This is part of the broader desire on the part of the UK regulators to encourage individuals to raise...more

Court Denies Motion For Interlocutory Appeal In Alleged Insurance Kickback Scheme

We have previously reported on a case styled Munoz v. PHH Corp., one of similar suits alleging putative class actions under the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act arising from purported “sham” reinsurance transfers...more

FIO Issues 2015 Annual Report

Last month, the Federal Insurance Office (“FIO”) issued its Annual Report for 2015. The Report discusses many financial consumer protection and regulatory issues, both domestic and international, relating to the business of...more

Reinsurance Dispute Voluntarily Dismissed After Cedent Failed To Establish Good Cause To Seal

A reinsurance dispute we have covered previously was voluntarily dismissed shortly after the Western District of Michigan ordered that cedent’s amended motion for partial stay and accompanying memorandum, affidavits, and...more

IREG Update - October 2015 #2

Hot Topic - The FIO's criticism of state regulators regarding captive reinsurance framework - The Federal Insurance Office in its September 2015 "Annual Report on the Insurance Industry" criticizes state insurance...more

UK Financial Conduct Authority Issues Final Rules Concerning Whistleblowers

On October 6, 2015, the UK Financial Conduct Authority (“FCA”) issued final rules formalizing whistleblower procedures to be implemented by certain banks, building societies, credit unions, investment firms, and insurance and...more

Complaint Fails To Overcome Heightened Pleading Standard For Fraud Relating To Reporting Of Reinsurer’s Losses

The Southern District of New York granted Amtrust Financial Services’ motion to dismiss after finding that the plaintiff failed to specifically allege misstatements or omissions necessary to prove scienter in claims related...more

Federal Court Allows Sealing Of A Petition Seeking Confirmation Of Arbitral Award

On August 14, 2015, a federal district court in New York entered an order allowing a petition to confirm an arbitration award to be filed in redacted form with the arbitration award to be filed under seal. The case is pending...more

Regulators make whistleblowing rules

FCA and PRA have published their feedback, rules and policy documents on whistleblowing. The rules complement the senior manager regime (SMR) and reforms of remuneration rules. The new rules affect...more

Swiss Solvency 2 equivalence published in OJEU

The Delegated Decision on the equivalence of the Swiss solvency and prudential regime for insurance and reinsurance undertakings has been published in the OJEU. ...more

European Commission Adopts Delegated Regulation Amending Solvency II Delegated Regulation on Treatment of infrastructure and ELTIF...

The European Commission has adopted a Delegated Regulation amending the Solvency II Delegated Regulation (EU 2015(35)) concerning the calculation of regulatory capital requirements for several categories of assets held by...more

Phantom Injury Dooms “Shadow Insurance” Case

A recent federal district court decision dismissing a putative class action complaint against AXA Equitable Life Insurance Company may portend trouble for plaintiffs pursuing a number of similar so-called "shadow insurance"...more

EP finishes Swiss Solvency 2 equivalence process

EP has updated its procedure file on the delegated act dealing with the equivalence of the solvency and prudential regime for insurance and reinsurance undertakings for Solvency 2 purposes....more

Rhode Island Enacts Amendments To Credit For Reinsurance Act

Rhode Island recently amended its Credit for Reinsurance Act to include two provisions regarding credits for reinsurance relating to the insolvency of the ceding insurer. Specifically, the first provision states that no...more

In Reinsurance-Related Commission Dispute, Court Grants Defendant Leave To Amend Answer Rather Than Grant Plaintiff Summary...

A lawsuit filed in the United States Court for the District of Connecticut between Odyssey Reinsurance Company and Cal-Regent Insurance Services Corporation involves a dispute over commission payments in a reinsurance scheme...more

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