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Presentation by Eithne McCarthy - the new Insurance Block Exemption Regulation
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • April 22 2010

Eithne McCarthy, from the Financial Services Unit of the European Commission's Competition Directorate General (DG Comp), made a presentation on the new Insurance Block Exemption Regulation (BER) to the Law Society's Competition Section on 13 April 2010


New York State Court denies motion to compel discovery of reinsurance and reserve information
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • July 29 2010

In Mt. McKinley Ins. Co. v. Corning Inc., 2010 NY Slip Op 20235 (N.Y. Sup. Ct. June 14, 2010), an insured (“Corning”) moved to compel discovery of reinsurance and reserve information from its insurers, arguing that this information was relevant, material and necessary to its coverage claim


California insurers divest $400 million in Iran-related assets
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • July 28 2010

California Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner announced on July 1, 2010 that insurers in his state had sold about 20 of the assets the industry holds in the 50 companies that the California Department of Insurance ("CDI") has identified as doing business with Iran's nuclear, energy and defense sectors


The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation enters cooperation agreement with the United Kingdom’s financial regulator
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • July 24 2009

On Tuesday, July 21, 2009, the head of the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation ("FLOIR"), Commissioner Kevin McCarty, announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding ("MoU") with the United Kingdom Financial Services Authority ("FSA"), the United Kingdom’s regulator responsible for regulatory oversight of the insurance, banking and securities markets


New York Insurance Exchange working groups formed
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • January 27 2010

According to media reports, following meetings with insurance executives from over 50 companies, the New York Insurance Department has selected Special Counsel Maria Filipakis to supervise the reopening of the New York Insurance Exchange (the “Exchange”


Virginia issues guidance on information security program requirement
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • October 2 2009

The Virginia State Corporation Commission Bureau of Insurance (the "Bureau") recently issued a bulletin to provide guidance on the development and implementation of privacy safeguards to all insurers, health service plans, health maintenance organizations, surplus lines brokers and other interested parties


Georgia Federal District Court finds that hot tub water is “intended for bodily consumption”
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • November 11 2009

The United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia recently held that an insurer had a duty to defend under a CGL policy and umbrella policy against claims relating to a hotel guest’s alleged contraction of Legionnaire’s Disease from a dirty hot tub


First Circuit: no coverage under a D&O policy where the underlying complaint does not specifically name an officer or director
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • November 12 2009

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit recently held that coverage under a directors and officers liability insurance policy is not available for claims against unnamed officers or directors


Connecticut federal court awards summary judgment in favor of insurer due to insured’s failure to cooperate
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • September 25 2009

A Connecticut district court recently awarded summary judgment in favor of an insurance company due to the insured’s failure to cooperate in the insurer’s investigation of a claim


Connecticut trial court holds that “general business practice” element of an unfair settlement practice claim requires multiple acts of misconduct against multiple insureds
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • February 5 2010

A Connecticut trial court recently held that the “general business practice” element of an unfair settlement practice claim under the Connecticut Unfair Insurance Practices Act, Conn. Gen. Stat. 38a-816(6) (“CUIPA”) requires that a plaintiff prove multiple unfair practices by an insurer against more than one insured