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Congress Considers Additional Refinements to Dodd-Frank, Addressing Duplicative Regulation of Insurers and Thrift Holding...

On March 7, 2018, the Housing and Insurance Subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Financial Services heard testimony on the issue of duplicative regulation of insurers that are also savings and loan...more

Final Mass. “Adult-Use” Marijuana Regulations Require “Marijuana Establishments” to Have Liability Insurance

by Reed Smith on

As part of its “adult-use” marijuana regulations, which are expected to take effect next week, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts will require that “Marijuana Establishments” – which include cultivators, manufacturers, and...more

Will partisan assault on Obamacare also rack up costs of car insurance?

Although Congressional Republicans and the Trump Administration may not want to stop their relentless assault on the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, there may be other reasons to persuade them to do so....more

Wyoming Enacts Legislation And Adopts New Regulations Governing Credit For Reinsurance And Term And Universal Life Insurance...

by Carlton Fields on

New regulations relating to credit for reinsurance and term and universal life insurance reserve financing took effect in Wyoming on November 30, 2017. The regulations implement amendments to Wyoming statutes that took effect...more

In California, Proposed Legislation To Increase Insureds’ Recoveries From Their Insurance Policies

by Carlton Fields on

After devastating wildfires, California legislators proposed greater wildfire insurance protection, drafting a set of bills. The most important proposed changes are as follows...more

AOB Reform Bill Passes Florida House, Senate Future Uncertain

On January 12, 2018, the Florida House of Representatives passed a bill (HB 7015) that would dramatically affect the way contractors and their lawyers use assignments of benefits (“AOBs”) in first-party property insurance...more

Treasury Department Urges SEC to Act on Life Company Products

by Carlton Fields on

The U.S. Department of the Treasury published an October 2017 report, "A Financial System That Creates Economic Opportunities — Asset Management and Insurance" in response to President Trump’s Executive Order 13772 on "Core...more

All Insurance Adjuster Offices Now Need A Head Honcho!: Florida Legislature Addresses Adjusting And Public Adjusting Firms.

Florida House Bill 911, “An Act Relating to Insurance Adjusters” became law on January 1, 2018. In large part, the new legislation deals with the internal operation of public adjusting firms....more

Special Focus: Treasury Report May Provide A Preview Of The Trump Administration’s Insurance Regulatory Agenda

by Carlton Fields on

On October 26, 2017, the U.S. Department of the Treasury has released a report entitled "A Financial System that Creates Economic Opportunities: Asset Management and Insurance" (the “Report”).1 The Report is the third of four...more

Fifteen Key Provisions in the Final Tax Reform Bill

On December 20, 2017, the Senate and House of Representatives passed H.R. 1, known as the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” (“Tax Reform Bill”). President Trump is expected to sign the Tax Reform Bill by early January. The Tax Reform...more

Seventeen Provisions to Watch in the Senate Tax Reform Bill

On December 2, 2017, the Senate passed a tax reform bill that differs in some key aspects from the tax reform bill the House approved on November 16, 2017. A House and Senate conference committee will begin work to resolve...more

New insurance linked securities regime comes into force in the UK

by Hogan Lovells on

On Friday 8 December 2017, the Risk Transformation Regulations 2017 and the Risk Transformation (Tax) Regulations 2017 (the ‘Regulations’) will come in to effect bringing to fruition the Government’s plans to position the UK...more

Wisconsin Adopts New Credit For Reinsurance Rule Based On Certified Reinsurers

by Carlton Fields on

On November 7, 2017, the Commissioner of Insurance for the State of Wisconsin issued an order approving a new rule to be added to Section Ins. Ch. 52, Wis. Adm. Code. The rule is intended to modernize Wisconsin’s credit for...more

Trump Administration Issues Guidance on Asset Management and Insurance Regulation

On Oct. 26, 2017, the U.S. Treasury Department (Treasury) released the latest installment in a series of reports on financial regulation required by the president’s Feb. 3 executive order on the financial system....more

Insuring the Crops, Opportunity on the Vine

by Pessin Katz Law, P.A. on

Insurance coverage can be the difference between a natural disaster causing the closing of a business or merely a temporary shutdown. In October 2017, wildfires blazed across eight counties in Northern California causing...more

Treasury Releases Report On Asset Management And Insurance

by Carlton Fields on

The U.S. Department of the Treasury has released a report entitled “A Financial System that Creates Economic Opportunities: Asset Management and Insurance,” the third of four reports to be issued by the Department in response...more

Congress Moving on Re-authorization and Reform of National Flood Insurance Program

Just in time for Thanksgiving, the U.S. House of Representatives voted last Tuesday to approve House Resolution 2874 entitled the “21st Century Flood Reform Act.” The Act must still pass the Senate and be signed by the...more

National Flood Insurance Program Is Relieved Of $16 Billion Debt

by Carlton Fields on

On October 26, 2017, President Donald Trump signed H.R. 2266, a disaster relief bill. Pursuant to section 308 of the bill, the Department of the Treasury will forgive $16 billion in debt owed by FEMA under the National Flood...more

Texas Passes Reduced Collateral Credit For Reinsurance Law Pertaining To Foreign Reinsurers

by Carlton Fields on

This past summer, the Texas legislature passed and the Governor signed a law that allows Texas insurers to negotiate reinsurance contracts with foreign reinsurers that do not require 100% collateral before the insurer can...more

The Treasury Committee’s Report on EU Insurance Regulation – What’s next for the PRA and the UK insurance industry?

by Hogan Lovells on

In September 2016, the treasury committee of the House of Commons (the Committee) launched an inquiry into EU insurance regulation and to supplement its work on the relationship that the UK might seek to have with the EU...more

U.S. Covered Agreement Policy Statement Affirms U.S. State-Based Regulation Of Insurance

by Carlton Fields on

We have posted several times on the negotiation and finalization of the Covered Agreement (“the Agreement”) negotiated by the Obama Administration and approved by the Trump Administration with the European Union....more

Nevada Securities Act Amendments – What’s Next?

by Carlton Fields on

Over the summer, much was written about amendments to the Nevada Securities Act provisions governing financial planners, which became effective July 1, after being signed by the Governor on June 2....more

Delaware Governor Signs Law Creating Streamlined And Inexpensive Regulatory Regime For Dormant Captive Insurance Companies

by Carlton Fields on

The bill defines a dormant captive insurance company as one that (1) did not contract for any direct premium or reinsurance premium for a full calendar year, (2) is not obligated as an insurance company under any contract of...more

New Jersey Enacts Unclaimed Life Insurance Benefits Law

by Carlton Fields on

On September 13, New Jersey became the latest state to enact legislation governing unclaimed life insurance benefits. Gov. Chris Christie (R) signed New Jersey Assembly Bill 2511 into law as P.L.2017, s.236 (the “Act”), which...more

Assignment of Benefits Legislation in Florida

by Carlton Fields on

The practice known as the Assignment of Benefits (AOB) is a big problem for Florida property insurers. AOBs have been driving up the cost of property insurance claims in the state for several years....more

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