Reporting Developments Affecting the Insurance and Reinsurance Industries

 

Massachusetts Issues Insurance Bulletin Discussing Inducements, Rebates and Affiliated ‎Entities

On May 24, 2024, the Massachusetts Division of Insurance (the “Division”) issued Insurance Bulletin 2024-06, “inducements, rebates and affiliated entities” (the “Bulletin”). The Bulletin is addressed to “all licensed insurance companies and insurance producers.” The Division issued the Bulletin to “remind insurance companies, officers thereof, and insurance producers authorized to operate in Massachusetts” that Massachusetts law prohibits, as an unfair or deceptive act or practice in connection with the transaction of insurance business, insurance companies, officers, and producers from “paying, giving, or allowing to pay or give, directly or indirectly, ‘anything of value’ or ‘any valuable consideration’, not specified in the insurance contract, as an inducement to the purchase of insurance or a rebate of insurance premium.” The Bulletin further reminds insurance producers that Massachusetts law also prohibits any “special favor or advantage” to accrue to an such producer that is not specified in the policy. Unlawful rebates or inducements are not solely limited to “reductions on insurance premiums”, but rather such rebates or inducements “include payments, reductions or discounts, not specified in the insurance contract, that would bestow anything of value, valuable consideration, special favor or advantage on the insurance producer.”

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New York Department of Financial Services Issues Guidance on Insurance Loss Mitigation ‎Tools and Services

On May 23, 2024, the New York Department of Financial Services (the “Department”) issued Insurance Circular Letter No. 3 (the “Letter”). The Letter is addressed to “all insurers authorized to write property/casualty insurance in New York State, the New York Property Insurance Underwriting Association [‘NYPIUA’], and rate service organizations.” The purpose of the Letter is to “encourage all insurers authorized to write property/casualty insurance in New York State (‘insurers’) to offer loss mitigation tools and services to insureds for free or a reduced fee…and to encourage insurers, the [NYPIUA], and rate service organizations…to file with the [Department] actuarially appropriate discounts for insureds for the installation of devices or systems that mitigate or prevent losses….” As a result in a rise in the InsurTech space, in 2021 the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (“NAIC”) updated the anti-rebating section of the NAIC Model Unfair Trade Practices Act (#880) (Section 4(I)) by excluding various value-added products or services that an insurer or producer may offer at no cost or a reduced fee from the definition of impermissible discrimination or rebates. Other states have also implemented such changes.

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Join Us for Our Next InsurTech Legal Academy Webinar: Artificial Intelligence Regulation for InsurTech

Join Locke Lord, InsurTechNY and InsurTech Hartford for their next InsurTech Legal Academy webinar series on legal and regulatory issues ‎impacting the InsurTech industry. Each quarter, we tackle a new important topic impacting InsurTechs. This webinar will address the potential impact of AI Regulation on InsurTechs and give an overview of recent AI regulatory initiatives at the NAIC, state and federal levels.

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NAIC Privacy Protections Working Group’s Path Forward

Yesterday, the Privacy Protections (H) Working Group of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (“NAIC”) held its first meeting since the Spring National Meeting in March. The working group seeks public comment on its path forward as it reconsiders its options for revising the NAIC’s existing privacy framework. Multiple options are being considered.

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Excess and Surplus Lines Law Manual 2024 Update

We are happy to provide the 2024 edition of our Excess and Surplus Lines Law Manual. This edition reflects all of the pertinent changes in the surplus lines laws and regulations of the 50 states and U.S. territories during the past year. The website provides you with the ability to click on the states and territories of interest to view the updates, and a PDF of the entire manual.

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