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|Insurer Not Required to Defend Insured Against Allegations of Direct and Vicarious Liability Arising from Alleged Kidnapping Scheme by Insured and its Agents|
Caroline E. Willsey; Semmes Bowen Semmes A Professional Corporation;
July 31, 2015, previously published on July 2015In Liberty University, Inc. v. Citizens Insurance Company of America, et al., No. 14-2254, (U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, July 10, 2015), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit considered whether the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia erred in ruling...
|It’s Time to Stop Reimbursing Employees on a Tax-Free Basis for Individual Health Insurance Premiums|
Susan Richards Salen; Rees Broome, PC;
July 30, 2015, previously published on July 14, 2015Prior to the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”), employees of small employers1 which did not offer group health insurance benefits has to find expensive individual health plans. In order to compete with large employers and to offer employees with some health insurance benefit, many of these...
|NAIC Working Group Exposes Revisions to Incorporate Cybersecurity Considerations into Financial Conditions Examiners Handbook|
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
July 27, 2015, previously published on July 24, 2015In an effort to set cybersecurity readiness standards for the insurance industry, the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) IT Examination (E) Working Group (“Working Group”) has exposed revisions to incorporate Cybersecurity Considerations...
|Update on NAIC and State Regulatory Activity on “Price Optimization”|
Eric A. Arnold, Thomas W. Curvin, Stephen E. Roth, Cynthia R. Shoss, Phillip E. Stano; Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP;
July 24, 2015, previously published on July 23, 2015Regulatory activity on price optimization appears to be coming to a head. The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) Casualty Actuarial and Statistical (C) Task Force is continuing to gather input, with all roads leading toward a significant discussion of the issue at the upcoming...
|Amended Rules on Florida Disputed Sinkhole Insurance Claim Neutral Evaluators Effective July 29, 2015|
Sharlee Hobbs Edwards; Colodny Fass, P.A.;
July 23, 2015, previously published on July 16, 2015Amended Rules relating to alternative procedure for the resolution of disputed sinkhole insurance claims will become effective on July 29, 2015, the Florida Department of Financial Services' ("DFS") Division of Consumer Services ("DCS") has advised.
|Louisiana Withdraws from Nonadmitted Insurance Multi-State Agreement (NIMA)|
G. Donovan Brown; Colodny Fass, P.A.;
July 16, 2015, previously published on July 16, 2015The Louisiana Department of Insurance announced late yesterday, July 15, 2015, that the State of Louisiana will withdraw from the Nonadmitted Insurance Multi-State Agreement ("NIMA") and the NIMA-sponsored Surplus Lines Clearinghouse effective October 1, 2015. Accordingly, Louisiana will...
|Florida Office of Insurance Regulation Rulemaking Continues on Florida Property Insurance Claims Mediation Program; August 12 Hearing Scheduled|
Megan M. Grant; Colodny Fass, P.A.;
July 16, 2015, previously published on July 15, 2015After a Rule Development Workshop held earlier this year, substantial changes have now been proposed for Rule 69O-166.031 entitled "Mediation of Property Insurance Claims."
|A Primer On Insurance Dispute Resolution In China|
Qianwei Fu, Jiangxiao Athena Hou, Jose M. Umbert; Zelle Hofmann Voelbel & Mason LLP;
July 16, 2015, previously published on July 14, 2015We previously discussed in a June 10, 2015, guest article the basics of insurance underwriting and claim handling in China. In this article, we give an overview of the legal framework and relevant key issues in insurance coverage dispute resolution in China.
|Saskatchewan Court of Appeal Dramatically Reduces Punitive Damages Award Against Insurers|
Adriana De Marco, Andrew Harrison; Borden Ladner Gervais LLP;
July 15, 2015, previously published on July 14, 2015The Saskatchewan Court of Appeal recently allowed appeals by both Zurich and AIG in a claim advanced by an injured worker, reducing the punitive damages awards made against the insurers from $4.5 million to $675,000.
|National Conference of Insurance Legislators (NCOIL) 2015 Summer Meeting Preview|
Colodny Fass P.A.;
July 15, 2015, previously published on July 10, 2015Along with various committee meetings, several special programs are scheduled for Friday, July 17, highlighted by a workshop on the insurance implications of medical marijuana presented by NCOIL's Institute for Insurance Policy.