Jurisdiction: United States

LL Surplus Lines Series (Entry 21): Excess Line Association of New York Publishes “Compliance Advisor” Detailing Applicability of Various Laws to Excess (Surplus) Lines Market

One substantial area of ambiguity that permeates the surplus lines industry throughout the United States relates to the applicability of state law to surplus lines insurance carriers and brokers. This week, the Excess Line Association of New York (“ELANY”) published its “Compliance Advisor” intending, in part, to shed light on applicability of various New York statutes and regulations to the excess (surplus) lines market.

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Webinar: Insurance IT Strategy and Regulatory Compliance–NYDFS, NAIC and CCPA

On January 9 from noon-1:00 p.m. CT, Locke Lord LLP and Novarica will look at new regulatory developments in analytics, use of data, and data security that have the potential to affect insurer technology strategy. This webinar covers the similarities and differences between NYDFS Cybersecurity Regulation and NAIC Data Security Model Law, the recent updates to the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018, and the potential innovation opportunities and limitations surrounding insurance regulatory sandboxes.

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LL Surplus Lines Series (Entry 20): UPDATE: NAIC Surplus Lines Task Force Tables Blanks Proposal for Home State Direct Premiums Written

Following comments by interested parties, including the American Property Casualty Insurance Association (APCIA) and the Excess Line Association of New York (ELANY), at the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) Fall National Meeting in Austin, Texas, the Surplus Lines Task Force tabled its new Blanks proposal regarding home state direct premium written.

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Open Teleconference for the formation of InsurTech America, a coalition available to U.S.-based and non U.S.-based Insurtech companies transacting business in the U.S.

Locke Lord corporate and regulatory insurance Partners Brian Casey and Ben Sykes will host an open organizational conference call for insurtechs and those interested in how insurtechs will be regulated going forward. The goal is to present a united voice for addressing the regulatory and legal challenges related to the adoption of new technologies-driven changes precipitated by insurtech businesses challenging and reforming insurance products, underwriting, distribution and claims models.

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LL Surplus Lines Series (Entry 19): Bulletin Issued Detailing Robust Surplus Lines Standards in Maine

On November 26th, Maine issued Bulletin 439 (the “Bulletin”) which provides, in granular detail, the criteria for placing insurance through the surplus lines market in the state. The Bulletin has received immediate and substantial attention within the surplus lines industry both for its thoroughness as well as its deviation, in some respects, from the expectations of other states.

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LL Surplus Lines Series (Entry 18): Surplus Lines Compliance – Does it Apply or Not?

The American Property Casualty Insurance Association (APCIA) published a bulletin on November 8 ‎regarding the California Department of Insurance (“CID”) issued legal opinion, which concluded that ‎the cancellation and non-renewal provisions under California Insurance Code (“CIC”) sections 677 and ‎‎678 apply to insurance policies written on risks located or resident in California by non-admitted ‎‎(surplus line) insurers that insure any of the contingencies specific in CIC section 675 (the “Opinion”).‎

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U.S. Insurance Regulators Achieve Positive Progress on Insurance Capital Standards

Team USA (collectively the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC), Federal Reserve Board (FRB), and the Federal Insurance Office (FIO) of the U.S. Treasury) achieved a major U.S. regulatory objective at the current 2019 Annual Meeting of the International Association of Insurance Supervisors (IAIS) regarding next steps and planned monitoring process for the Insurance Capital Standard (ICS) project.

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