Topic: Excess and Surplus Lines

NJ Supreme Court Finds Umbrella Policy Issued by Excess/Surplus Lines Carrier Not Subject to Automatic Renewal Statute

The New Jersey Supreme Court has held that an umbrella policy issued by an excess/surplus lines insurer was not subject to the state’s automatic renewal statute.  New Jersey has a statute which provides that no policy shall be “nonrenewed” on its expiration date unless a valid written notice of nonrenewal has been sent to the insured.  

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NAIC Surplus Lines Task Force Makes Progress Despite Likelihood that the Bill will not Pass this Year

During the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (“NAIC”) Fall Meeting in National Harbor, Maryland, the Surplus Lines Task Force (“Task Force”) chaired by Commissioner James Donelon (LA) received a report on the status of the proposed 2007 Nonadmitted and Reinsurance Reform Act (H.R. 1065/ S. 929) (the “Bill”). 

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Chile Considers Legislation To Modernize Its Insurance and Reinsurance Laws

The Chilean legislature was recently presented with a draft law designed to modernize the insurance and reinsurance provisions contained within Chile’s Code of Commerce.  If enacted, the legislation would replace Chile’s current laws concerning private insurance and reinsurance in their entirety. 

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Agents and Brokers Urge Expansion of New York Excess Lines Export List

Last month, the New York State Insurance Department (the “Department”) held a public hearing in New York City to explore the possibility of expanding the Excess Lines Export List (the “Export List”).  The Export List is a compilation of risks or coverages that may be placed by surplus lines brokers without compliance with the three declinations rule. 

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Florida Supreme Court – Surplus Lines Policies Are Subject to Chapter 627, Florida Statutes

The Florida Supreme Court has provided an answer to a question important to insurers that have issued policies under Florida’s surplus lines laws.  In Essex Ins. Co. v. Zota, Case No. SC06-2031 (June 26, 2008), the Court considered numerous questions certified from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit. 

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House Passes Nonadmitted and Reinsurance Reform Act

On June 25 and for the second time in nine months, the House  unanimously passed H.R. 1065, the Nonadmitted and Reinsurance Reform Act of 2007.  The bill establishes national standards on how states may regulate and tax surplus lines insurers and also sets national standards concerning the regulation of reinsurance. 

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National Insurance Act/Optional Federal Charter Legislation Reintroduced in Senate

On May 24, 2007, optional federal charter (OFC) legislation was reintroduced into the Senate as the National Insurance Act of 2007 (S. 40) (NIA), co-sponsored by John Sununu (R-NH) and Tim Johnson (D-SD).  A similar bill is expected to be reintroduced into the House by Ed Royce (R-CA) in the coming weeks. 

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