Reporting Developments Affecting the Insurance and Reinsurance Industries

 

LL Surplus Lines Series (Entry 3): Revisions to Montana’s Surplus Lines Laws

Montana amended its insurance code to revise certain definitions and update certain provisions relating to surplus lines insurance effective March 7, 2019; the amendments can be found here.  Section 33-2-301(3)(t)(i) of the Montana insurance code amended its definition of “surplus lines insurance” to include inland marine insurance.

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Senate Bill Proposes to Revise FSOC Designation Process

The Financial Stability Oversight Council Improvement Act of 2019 (the “Act”) was recently introduced in the United States Senate. Under existing law, the Financial Stability Oversight Council (“FSOC”) can subject certain nonbanks designated as systemically important financial institutions (“SIFIs”) to significant supervision by under Federal Reserve. Under the Act, FSOC would be required to explore alternative approaches before designating nonbanks as SIFIs. The Act, which is supported by members of both major parties, does not reduce FSOC’s emergency designations authority, but rather encourages FSOC to find potential alternatives to SIFI designations, and the significant regulatory and administrative responsibilities that come with the SIFI designation.

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LL Surplus Lines Series (Entry 2): New York to Consider Elimination of Diligent Search Requirement for Certain Commercial Policies

One of the hallmarks of surplus lines regulation throughout the United States is the “diligent search” requirement whereby the surplus lines broker (or retail producer) must attempt to place insurance coverage in the admitted market before exporting such coverage to an eligible, unauthorized surplus lines insurer.

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