Reporting Developments Affecting the Insurance and Reinsurance Industries


Reminder: Key Provisions of New York’s Sexual Harassment Law Take Effect Today

New York State and New York City recently passed several anti-harassment laws in the wake of the #MeToo movement that will soon require employers to provide annual sexual harassment prevention training to all workers, distribute a comprehensive sexual harassment prevention policy, and update their form employment contracts and settlement agreements.

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S.D.N.Y. Opinion Supports Right to Recover Reinsurance Damages and Interest Dating Back to Terrorist Attacks in 9/11 Litigation

A recent S.D.N.Y. opinion authored by Judge Daniels, IN RE: TERRORIST ATTACKS ON SEPTEMBER 11, 2001, 2018 WL 3323159, in an ongoing multidistrict litigation, concluded that reinsurer-plaintiffs seeking to recover damages from aiders and abettors of the 9/11 terrorists are entitled to recoup amounts paid under reinsurance contracts. 

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Hit the Rhode (Island) Jack

The Rhode Island state legislature has amended the enabling act to the state’s legacy transfer program, R.I.G.L § 27-14.5-1 et seq. (“R.I. Restructuring Act”), to provide clarification to the marketplace. The enabling act, originally enacted in 2002, was designed to allow for “commutation plans” to provide for reorganization through a court-approved commutation among a reinsurer or insurer and all of its insurance or reinsurance creditors.

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Rhode Island Legislature Contemplating Clarification to State’s Legacy Transfer Program

In 2015, the Rhode Island Department of Business Regulation (“DBR”) implemented the state’s Insurance Business Transfer Act (“IBT”) (“Regulation 68”), which permits insurers to transfer commercial ‘legacy business’ (subject to certain limitations) to a Rhode Island domestic insurer by way of novation, subject to court approval.

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