Topic: Excess and Surplus Lines

LL Surplus Lines Series (Entry 29): Illinois Looks to be Latest State to Streamline Diligent Search Requirements, and to Provide Clarity for Group Policies

On February 26, 2021, a bill was introduced in the Illinois General Assembly that among other ‎changes would eliminate the diligent effort requirement for commercial business sourced by a ‎surplus lines producer through a retail insurance producer and would also reduce the requirement ‎for master policies and program business.‎

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LL Surplus Lines Series (Entry 28): Surplus Lines Compliance Reminder Issued by ‎ELANY, Regarding Group Policies and Use of Binding Authority Agreements

On February 8, 2021, the Excess Line Association of New York (“ELANY”) issued Bulletin No. ‎‎2021-05 reminding surplus line insurers and brokers about some often overlooked compliance ‎requirements. Among the topics was the issuance of group policies and use of binding authority ‎agreements.

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The Myth of the ‘Surplus Lines Agent’

Increasingly, the world of insurance distribution has become highly specialized, utilizing technology and a multitude of parties to reach customers worldwide. The surplus lines industry is no exception. Surplus lines brokers are not merely intermediaries between insureds and eligible surplus lines insurers that may be interested in servicing a specialty insurance market.

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The Gig Economy’s Auto Insurance Market and Surplus Lines

Automobile insurance looks very different today than it did a generation ago. The means by ‎which people (and goods) travel via motor vehicles continue to expand and evolve, as do ‎businesses and their automobile insurance needs, especially in the gig economy and now with the ‎current COVID-19 pandemic disruptions. No longer do individuals exclusively rely on ‎traditional car rental companies for their temporary travel needs, as fleet-based services have ‎grown exponentially, allowing for utilization of app-based technology to identify local vehicles ‎for immediate use.‎

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LL Surplus Lines Series (Entry 25): Lloyd’s of London to Relinquish U.S. Licenses; Will Focus on Expanding Surplus Lines and Reinsurance Operations

On July 10, 2020, Lloyd’s of London (“Lloyd’s”) issued Market Bulletin Ref: Y5299 (the “Bulletin”) announcing that it will seek to relinquish its admitted licenses in Kentucky, Illinois and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The Bulletin states that the decision “was a recognition that the E&S business is a better fit for our underwriters given the market’s innovative nature and expertise in emerging risks.”

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LL Surplus Lines Series (Entry 24): Excess Line Association of New York Weighs in on “Surplus Lines Agents”

On June 16, 2020, the Excess Line Association of New York (“ELANY”) issued Bulletin No. 2020-35, promulgating ELANY’s new issue of “ELANY Elaborates” (the “EE”). This issue of EE (available here) focuses primarily on the classification of “surplus lines agents” in New York and elsewhere.

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Pandemic Risk Insurance Act (PRIA) Introduced in Congress With Revisions from Initial Drafts; Business Continuity Protection Program Floated as well

After weeks of deliberation, the Pandemic Risk Insurance Act, or “PRIA” has been introduced into the U.S. Congress. On May 26th, Rep. Carolyn Maloney, a member of the House Financial Services Committee, introduced H.R. 7011, the “Pandemic Risk Insurance Act of 2020” (the “Current PRIA Bill”).

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