Topic: Industry Developments

New Jersey Passes Legislation Requiring Insurers to Apprise Insureds of Particular Aspects of Their Business Interruption Coverage

Both the New Jersey Assembly and Senate recently passed identical legislation that would ‎require insurers offering commercial coverage for loss or damage to property, including business ‎interruption, to provide insureds with a general summary of common insurance clauses in policies ‎for loss of use and occupancy of a commercial property, along with a disclosure relating to ‎pandemic and virus losses.‎

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Locke Lord QuickStudy: Excess Lines Association of New York Publishes Guidance on New York Group P&C Policies

On June 17th, the Excess Lines Association of New York (“ELANY”) published Bulletin No. 2019-19 (the “Bulletin”) detailing New York’s substantial restrictions on group property and casualty insurance policies. The Bulletin echoes some of the remarks at the most recent Surplus Lines Law Group Meeting where this author provided details on the growing regulatory concerns as to group P&C policies.

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Chairs and Vice Chairs of Task Forces and Working Groups of the NAIC’s Market Regulation and Consumer Affairs (D) Committee for 2019 Announced

Director Chlora Lindley-Myers (MO), 2019 Chair of the Market Regulation and Consumer ‎Affairs (D) Committee of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC), ‎announced on February 8, 2019 on a committee conference call the names of the regulators who ‎will act as Chairs and Vice Chairs of the D Committee’s Task Forces and Working Groups for ‎the coming year. ‎

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US Treasury Announces New Covered Agreement on Insurance and Reinsurance Regulation with UK

The U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative announced on December 11, 2018 that they intend to sign a new Bilateral Agreement between the U.S. and the U.K. on Prudential Measures Regarding Insurance and Reinsurance (“Covered Agreement”).

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Enstar pulled the trigger faster than Annie Oakley‎

Both Rhode Island and Oklahoma have enacted insurance business transfer acts, which allow insurers to transfer and novate books or portfolios of business to insurers domiciled in the respective States.  Rhode Island’s Voluntary Restructuring of Solvent Insurers Act became effective on June 30, 2007, and is codified by the Rhode Island Department of Business (“DBR”) Regulation 68. 

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