Locke Lord provides a quick study of the key issues discussed during the recent NAIC Special Session on COVID-19.Read full article here - https://www.lockelord.com/newsandevents/publications/2020/03/take-aways-from-the-naic … [Read more...] about Take Aways From The NAIC Special Session On COVID-19 (Public Portion)
As the Coronavirus threat increases, so do the questions associated with workers compensation claims. Broadspire, Crawford's global TPA, has produced a white paper which examines the background of COVID-19, how state statutes may see related claims and the potential impact on workers compensation claims.The worker's compensation impacts of 2019 coronavirus - … [Read more...] about The workers compensation impacts of 2019 Coronavirus (COVID-19)
As insurers and reinsurers evaluate their potential Covid-19 exposure, we look at the scope for aggregating Covid-19 losses on the basis of some of the market’s more common aggregation language.Read the full article here - https://www.bclplaw.com/en-GB/thought-leadership/is-covid-19-one-event-reinsurance-aggregation.html … [Read more...] about Is COVID-19 one “event”?: Reinsurance Aggregation
Key Coleman discusses the impact climate change could have on the value of insurance companies’ investment portfolios.Climate change from the burning of fossil fuels has many implications for the US economy. One consideration that deserves greater attention is the impact climate change could have on the value of insurance companies’ investment … [Read more...] about Stranded Assets from Climate Change – Should Insurance Companies be Alarmed?
The reinsurance market has the potential to serve as a bellwether for climate change. Yet despite the frequency and severity of catastrophe losses linked to climate change, capacity remains plentiful.Read the full article here - http://www.rmmagazine.com/2019/04/01/will-climate-change-impact-reinsurance-rates/ … [Read more...] about Will Climate Change Impact Reinsurance Rates?
Adam Smith of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) crunches the data, which reveals a worrisome unprecedented trend of billion-dollar weather and climate disasters.Read full article here - https://www.climate.gov/news-features/blogs/beyond-data/2010-2019-landmark-decade-us-billion-dollar-weather-and-climate … [Read more...] about 2010-2019: A landmark decade of U.S. billion-dollar weather and climate disasters
New Jersey, California and North Carolina join list of jurisdictions that have enacted "revival windows” for time-barred sex abuse claims. New Jersey “revival window” for time-barred sex abuse claims effective as of December 1, 2019; California and North Carolina to follow in January 2020This year has been a busy one for state legislatures, many of which … [Read more...] about States Open The Window For Sex Abuse Claims
High hopes as the US House of Representatives passes historic marijuana reform legislation which allows banks and other financial institutions to work with state-legal cannabis industry. Currently, thirty-three states and the District of Columbia have passed laws legalizing marijuana for medical and/or adult-use. … [Read more...] about Congress Takes First Step to Banking on Cannabis
New York urges insurers with potential exposure to legal claims stemming from the Child Victims Act to act promptly and in good faith. The New York Child Victims Act (“CVA”) was signed into law on February 14, 2019. Among other things, the CVA extended the civil statute of limitations for sexual abuse claims against alleged perpetrators and … [Read more...] about New York State Department Of Financial Services “Expects” Insurers To “Cooperate Fully” With The Child Victims Act
As we do annually, AIRROC members met at the offices of Norton Rose Fulbright to work on their goals and also to take in some new topics offered by our Education Committee and partner firms.First up we featured a look at Captives and Emerging Risks. What do Legacy business and captive market transactions have in common? The ability to evaluate and manage the exposures … [Read more...] about The Weather was HOT and so was AIRROC’s Summer Membership Meeting…
It was a record breaking attendance at the AIRROC Spring Membership Meeting on March 5 & 6. Hosted at the offices of Norton Rose Fulbright in New York City, members held meetings and also heard from great education panels. Read on for highlights for this particular session. Doing the right thing is easy . . . isn’t it? Not always. When it comes to environmental … [Read more...] about Do the Right Thing
In the wake of the recent release of another investigating grand jury report regarding abuse of minors by clerics, Pennsylvania state lawmakers have introduced a proposal to revive previously time-barred civil claims arising out of allegations of childhood sexual abuse. If passed, the new law would open a two-year “window” during which victims could file such claims without … [Read more...] about Allegations of Clergy Misconduct
Some thoughtsMost readers are familiar, at least to some extent, with the jury’s verdict earlier this year in Lanzo v. Johnson & Johnson. In that case, a New Jersey state court jury awarded $117 million in compensatory and punitive damages against J&J and Imerys after concluding that asbestos-contaminated talc, supplied by Imerys and used to make Johnson’s Baby … [Read more...] about Avoiding the Next Lanzo: Some Thoughts
On September 6, 2018, AIRROC and EECMA (Environmental and Emerging Claim Manager Association) presented their 2018 feature co-hosted program, which took a comprehensive look at climate change. The one-day symposium presented material too voluminous to summarize adequately in a single article. However, here are a few things you missed if you did not attend the symposium.Courts … [Read more...] about AIRROC / EECMA Climate Change Symposium: Trade Associations Pair up to Face Reality
Recently, while on a family vacation, I drove past the Yellowstone Imerys talc-mining operations in Montana near Yellowstone National Park. The operation is set against a beautiful backdrop in one of the most naturally stunning areas of the country. The tranquil setting stands in stark contrast to the company’s current turmoil as a defendant in one of the highest profile mass … [Read more...] about Lanzo v. Johnson & Johnson, et al. Is this the Beginning or the End?
Picture a world in which you use your fingerprints, rather than keys to open your front door; where you pay for items by taking a selfie; where your heartbeat serves as your password. Biometrics —automated recognition of individuals based on unique characteristics—are making all of this possible. But maybe not surprisingly, the commercial use of biometrics raises numerous … [Read more...] about Biometrics: The Next Big Privacy Issue
All insurance and reinsurance companies want to avoid public disclosures or headlines regarding significant reserve increases, such as the recent newsworthy reserve adjustments that more than a few companies have taken for asbestos, silicosis, or other large tort liability claims. But how? The secret lies in the early identification of “bad” claims when there is time to alter … [Read more...] about “Eyes-On” Management: Watch Lists for Effective Management of Significant P&C Insurance Risks
Cyber risks are among the most pervasive risks of our time. They impact all industries that purchase insurance, and all lines of insurance. A panel from the insurance community whose roles in their companies focus on cyber risks (some from the underwriting and product development perspective, and others from the claims handling perspective) discuss key issues and challenges … [Read more...] about Emerging Cyber Risk Roundtable Explores Cyber Insurance Issues
George Washington reportedly grew it. Bill Clinton and Barack Obama have admitted to smoking it (although only one admitted to inhaling). A 2015 Gallup poll revealed that 44% of American adults have tried it. Twenty-three states have legalized it for medical use, and four have done so for recreational use.“It,” of course, is marijuana, also known as cannabis, weed, or pot. … [Read more...] about Clearing the Smoke: Legal Marijuana: An Insurable Risk
In 2014, hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) remained a hot national topic. Often making headlines, fracking also made its mark in litigation where key battles wound their way through the courts. Reviewing just some legal developments confirms the industry faces unique, sometimes prejudicial, challenges despite continued growth.For example, the Eighth Circuit’s decision in … [Read more...] about Hydraulic Fracturing: A Retrospective of Key Legal Disputes in 2014 and Predictions for the Future