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United States To Sign Covered Agreement With European Union

by Carlton Fields on

The U.S. Department of the Treasury and the U.S. Trade Representative have ended the speculation about the fate of the Covered Agreement negotiated by the Obama Administration with the European Union by announcing their...more

Who Will Be Handling Your Claims Under Berkshire Hathaway’s Latest Retroactive Reinsurance Deals?

by K&L Gates LLP on

In recent years, we have commented on the various retroactive reinsurance transactions that Berkshire Hathaway and its subsidiary, National Indemnity Company (“NICO”), have entered into with ceding insurers regarding coverage...more

1332 Edition: Alaska Reinsurance Proposal Approved by Federal Government

On July 11, the federal government announced approval of Alaska’s waiver request under Section 1332 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act for funding in support of the Alaska Reinsurance Program (ARP). The ARP is...more

Court Compels Discovery Of Reinsurance Allocation Information

by Carlton Fields on

In an action involving claims under facultative reinsurance for the reinsurance of asbestos risks, the reinsurer sought discovery of documents concerning the allocation of losses among the reinsurers on the program, and...more

Bankruptcy Court Requires An MF Global Holdings Bermuda Reinsurer To Post $15 Million Bond Before Deciding Motion To Compel...

by Carlton Fields on

In the most recent decision in an ongoing dispute between MF Global Holdings Ltd. and its (re)insurers, the Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York ordered Allied World to post a $15 million bond before the...more

Court Declines To Quash Subpoena Issued To South Carolina Department Of Insurance In Companion Property Case

by Carlton Fields on

We previously reported on this case on January 5, 2016, June 28, 2016, July 20, 2016, and December 14, 2016. The case concerns Companion Property and Casualty Insurance Company’s participation in a fronted insurance program...more

District Court Rebuffs CFPB’s RESPA “Continuing Violations” Theory

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On June 6, 2017, a federal district court in Menichino v. CitiBank rejected an interpretation of the RESPA Section 8 statute of limitations espoused by the CFPB in captive reinsurance cases, instead concluding that RESPA’s...more

Court Rejects Motion To Seal Summary Judgment Exhibits When Moving Party Fails To Provide Sufficient Factual Justification For...

by Carlton Fields on

Utica Mutual Insurance Company’s request that numerous exhibits filed in support of summary judgment be sealed has been rejected by a federal district court, which found that Utica’s general statements about the documents...more

IAIS Proposes Revisions To Insurance Core Principle 13 On Reinsurance

by Carlton Fields on

The International Association of Insurance Supervisors (“IAIS”) recently released proposed revisions to the existing version of its Insurance Core Principle 13 regarding “Reinsurance and Other Forms of Risk Transfer.” The...more

Changes in insurance regulation: China / Hong Kong / Singapore / Indonesia / Vietnam

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Please find our Asia insurance regulatory tracker for the first quarter of 2017. It includes updates on the new independent insurance regulator for Hong Kong (which will assume its functions on 26 June), new rules on...more

Court Compels Arbitration, Rejecting Claim That Contract Is Void For Lack Of Mutual Assent

by Carlton Fields on

A New York court compelled the arbitration of a claim under a reinsurance agreement, rejecting the plaintiff reinsurer’s claim that the reinsurance policy is void because the reinsured issued an underlying insurance policy...more

Insurers to benefit from mutual solvency recognition between Mainland China and Hong Kong

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On 16 May 2017 the CIRC and the Hong Kong Office of the Commissioner of Insurance (“OCI“) entered into a framework agreement aimed at mutual recognition of solvency regimes between Mainland China and Hong Kong....more

Court Vacates Arbitration Award For Arbitrator’s Evident Partiality

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A New York Court vacated an arbitration award, finding that a party appointed arbitrator’s undisclosed relationships with the appointing party amounted to a relatively infrequent instance in which such nondisclosure...more

Locke Lord Article: A Death in the Family and a Proper Burial

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The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines legacy as something that is received from someone who has died. In the insurance industry, the analogy would be inherited run-off of business that has died, but not yet buried. The...more

English High Court Of Justice Analyzes Standards Governing Fraudulent Inducement Claims In Reinsurance Disputes

by Carlton Fields on

The Court of Appeal of England and Wales approved the judgment of the trial court in a reinsurance dispute between Axa and Arab Insurance Group (Arig) related to certain insured energy construction risks. The trial court had...more

The future of Hong Kong's insurance industry – New focus on reinsurance and captives?

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The Hong Kong Financial Services Development Council, an advisory body to the government, has recently released a report on the Hong Kong insurance sector. Its key recommendations are...more

China: CIRC Publishes Final Requirements for Collateral in Cross-border Reinsurance Transactions

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On 9 August 2016, the China Insurance Regulatory Commission (“CIRC“) issued the Notice on Matters Relating to Collateral Provided by Offshore Reinsurers (Draft) (the “Draft Notice“) for public consultation. On 13 March 2017,...more

A Shock to the System: Significant Changes to the Discount Rate Applicable to Personal Injury Damages Awards in England and Wales

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On 27 February 2017, the Lord Chancellor and Minister of Justice announced significant changes to the Discount Rate applicable under the ‘Ogden Tables’ to the calculation of personal injury compensation payments and lump sum...more

Discovery Opinions Show Limits Of Privilege And Broad Standard Of Relevance

by Carlton Fields on

Three recent opinions issued by courts highlight the scope and limitations of a party’s right to discovery of reinsurance, reserve and allegedly privileged information in insurance coverage disputes....more

Changes to Bermuda Solvency Capital Requirement Postponed

by Sedgwick LLP on

In the light of concerns raised in industry feedback, the Bermuda Monetary Authority (BMA) has decided to postpone the introduction of various adjustments to the Bermuda Solvency Capital Requirement (BSCR) standard formula...more

Putative Class Action Involving A Patented Reinsurance Arrangement For Workers’ Compensation Coverage Largely Survives Dismissal

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The case is pending in a federal district court in New York, and involves three allegedly interconnected contracts purportedly “designed to circumvent [state] insurance laws,” including the laws of New York. ...more

Appellate Court Precludes Assignee Of Reinsurance Claims From Re-Litigating Lack Of Entitlement To Arbitration

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In 1986, Pine Top Insurance Company became insolvent and was placed into liquidation. The liquidator eventually sold Pine Top’s accounts receivable, including reinsurance claims, to an entity named Pine Top Receivables of...more

US-EU Covered Agreement: An Overview

On January 13, 2017, the then-US Secretary of the Treasury and the then-US Trade Representative (USTR) notified Congress that they had negotiated a covered agreement with the European Union (EU). Once the Covered Agreement...more

Expect Focus - Life Insurance: Risky Business, Volume I, March 2017

by Carlton Fields on

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

Insurers/Reinsurers: Between a Rock and a Hard Place

by Locke Lord LLP on

A federal court in South Carolina recently adopted a Magistrate’s recommendation that an insurer’s communications with its reinsurers are relevant and discoverable. In ContraVest, Inc. v. Mt. Hawley Insurance Company, No....more

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