Topic: Reinsurance

A Fortunes Cookie For The U.S. Reinsurance Industry

Much of American law is derivative of British law, and this is particularly true in the realm of reinsurance law.  In the UK, courts distinguish between ‘follow the fortunes clauses’ and ‘follow the settlements clauses’ and attribute different meanings to each, which is often a significant factor in the determining claims and coverage related issues.  Unlike the UK, courts in the US appear not to distinguish between the two clauses, and often refer to them interchangeably, as was the case in Fireman’s Fund Ins. Co. v. OneBeacon Ins. Co., No. 14 CIV. 4718, 2020 WL 6135101 (S.D.N.Y. Oct. 19, 2020).

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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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