Topic: Excess and Surplus Lines

LL Surplus Lines Series (Entry 5): 2019 WSIA Spring Surplus Lines Law Group Meeting Recap and Summary of Trends

The Surplus Lines Law Group held its spring meeting on Friday, April 5 in Biloxi, Mississippi. A number of presentations were given at the meeting, including updates on the trends around the nation with respect to the diligence search requirement, international tax and cybersecurity issues, as well as a presentation by this author as to the challenges surrounding placing group insurance coverage on a surplus lines basis (including unique hurdles applicable to risk purchasing groups).

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LL Surplus Lines Series (Entry 4): Nebraska Becomes Latest State to Adopt Domestic Surplus Lines Legislation

On March 12, 2019, Nebraska joined the small but growing number of states to adopt “domestic” ‎surplus lines legislation. Illinois was the first state to adopt domestic surplus lines legislation in ‎‎1998 but the trend only gained traction over the last few years.‎

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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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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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