Topic: Industry Developments

NY DFS Cybersecurity Compliance Certificate Required Today; Additional Requirements Looming

As previously warned here, February 15, 2018 is the first annual deadline for individuals and companies licensed or otherwise authorized under the New York Insurance, Banking and Financial Services laws (defined as Covered Entities) to certify compliance with the Cybersecurity Regulation of the New York Department of Financial Services, unless an exemption applies.

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You’re Invited – Insurance M&A and Capital Raising Roundtable

Please join BDO USA, LLP, Locke Lord LLP, and Sandler O’Neill + Partners, L.P. for a complimentary breakfast briefing. This event will highlight key considerations in a successful M&A transaction or capital raising transaction in today’s economic climate for the insurance industry.

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Insurers Brace for a Texas-sized Assessment for FAIR Plan Members

At its recent December 11th meeting in Corpus Christi, Texas, the Governing Committee of the Texas FAIR Plan Association (TFPA) is reported to have approved an assessment for its insurance company members of over $64 million in relation to a currently estimated $90 million gross loss for the TFPA from Hurricane Harvey and a 2016 year-end and ongoing 2017 operating deficit. 

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NAIC Co-Hosts Webinar on Wearable Devices

On Monday, November 13, the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, in conjunction with the Center for Insurance Policy and Research and The Griffith Insurance Education Foundation, presented a webinar entitled “Wearables and their Insurance Implications.” The webinar covered a broad range of developments in the wearable space, as well as implications – both positive and negative – that may result from the proliferation of wearable devices.

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NAIC Working Group Exposes Proposed Revisions to Life and Health Guaranty Association Model Act

On October 27, the NAIC Model Law (E) Working Group released an exposure draft of its proposed revisions to the Life and Health Guaranty Association Model Act (#520), intended to address the financial challenges of Long Term Care (“LTC”) insurance insolvencies, such as this year’s Penn Treaty liquidation, and to bring health maintenance organizations (“HMOs”) within the Guaranty Associations’ protection and assessment base.

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White House Issues Memorandum Announcing UAS/Drone Integration Pilot Program

On October 25, 2017, the White House issued its previously-rumored Presidential Memorandum (“Memorandum”) calling for the establishment of a UAS Integration Pilot Program (“Program”) to test the further integration of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (“UAS” or “drones”) into the national airspace system (“NAS”) in a select number of State, local and tribal jurisdictions. 

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New Insurance Platforms Arguably Require Producer Licenses

New York Associate Zachary Lerner authored a Law360 article on commission sharing, referral fee and producer licensing issues.  Within the article, Mr. Lerner identifies important issues for insurers and producers to consider, both in the admitted and surplus lines insurance markets, with respect to the sharing of commissions and whether proper licenses should be obtained in light of the NAIC’s recent comments regarding Lemonade Insurance Company’s application-based platform. The complete Law360 article is available here (subscription may be...

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