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April 30, 2007
 
Best Practice: Avoid Market Action Triggers

State insurance departments are providing some insight into the factors they consider when selecting which carriers they will focus on during thier market analysis....

 
NEWS BULLETIN: FinCEN Delays Release of Insurer SAR Form
The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network will delay a form it is developing for Suspicious Activity Reports....
 
Annuity Suitability ‘Worse Than A Year Ago;’ Ohio, NASD Regulators Vow to Clamp Down
Although Ohio has had annuity replacement, suitability and disclosure regulations in place only since March, examiners there have already seen some shady business practices....
 
‘Gradual, But Not Instant’ Changes Coming as Washington State Starts Market Analysis
Washington state is in the midst of setting up a market analysis program, but it may take a few years before insurers see the full benefits....
 
Insurers Are Divided on What to Include in TRIA Extension Bill
Insurers are split over the provisions the industry needs in a bill to extend the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act, but were otherwise united before a House Financial Services Committee panel last week. In related news, two prominent members of Congress have come out in support of making any TRIA extension permanent (CONTAINS UPDATED INFORMATION)....
 
Trade Groups: State’s Fair Conduct Act is Ambiguous, Would Change State Regulation
The three major property/casualty trade associations have urged Washington Gov. Chris Gregorie to veto legislation that would allow first-party claimants to sue their insurance company for unreasonable denials of coverage or payments of benefits....
 
Regulator Can’t Use Settlement Agreements As Legal Precedent, California Agency Rules
A recent ruling by the state’s Office of Administrative Law will prevent the California Insurance Department from using negotiated settlements as precedent-settling rules....
 
Nationwide Agrees to Reconsider Slab Claims, Then Settles 227 Mississippi Katrina Cases...
Nationwide Insurance has agreed to voluntarily re-evaluate Hurricane Katrina slab cases and, separately, settle 227 Katrina claims in Mississippi....
 
...As Trade Executive Pushes Storm Agenda
America needs to apply lessons it learned from Hurricane Katrina “in a forward-looking, positive way,” according to the head of a major trade association....
 
Massachusetts Looking at ‘Clean in Three’ Rule
Insurers were encouraged earlier this month when Massachusetts’ new insurance commissioner referred parts of a new assigned risk auto program to a state agency for further refinement, rather than rejecting outright the idea of a new insurance system....
 
Carriers Push Governor to Sign Tort Reform Bill
Insurers are urging Oklahoma Gov. Brad Henry to approve tort reform legislation that would discourage the filing of frivolous lawsuits against insurers and others....
 
South Carolina Regulators Tell Companies to Focus on Sales to Seniors, Replacements
South Carolina regulators are suggesting ways that insurance companies can do more to supervise the sale and replacement of life insurance and annuity products....
 
NCOIL Examining What Works, What Doesn’t In State Oversight of Insurance Industry
The National Conference of Insurance Legislators is preparing what it calls “a groundbreaking study” of state insurance regulations to see what works well and what may need to change....
 
Rules, Regs & Bulletins April 30, 2007
A summary of recent regulatory developments and legislation....