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September 4, 2006
 
Rules, Regs & Bulletins Sept. 4, 2006
 
Insurance Compliance Insight's weekly compendium of new and noteworthy rules, regulations & Bulletins...
 
Wind and Water Top P/C Litigation Concerns;

There is always going to be someone who thinks the insurance industry is unfair, and chances are pretty good they’ll be able to find a lawyer who agrees with them...
 
New York Issues New Credit Score Rule

New York has issued a temporary regulation that places new limits on how personal lines carriers can use consumer credit scores to underwrite or set rates...
 
IMSA Study Shows Compliance Can Provide Tangible Results

Can compliance pay off for a company? A recent study commissioned by the Insurance Marketplace Standards Association seems to say so.
 
Appraisals Should Determine Property Damage, Scope of Repair, Michigan Regulator Says

Let’s be clear about appraisals. In Michigan, you cannot refuse to submit disputes about the amount of a loss to appraisal. Yet that’s apparently what some property/casualty insurers have been doing...
 
Independent Agent Contracts Should Require AML Cooperation, Compliance Pros Say (First of a five-part series)

Integrating independent agents into an anti-money laundering program is proving as difficult as many insurers thought it might be prior to the May 2 implementation deadline.
 
Insurers: No Need for Variable Annuity Rule, But Definitely Drop Two-Day Reviews

Consideration by the Securities and Exchange Commission of a suitability rule specifically for variable annuities is still pending, but compliance professionals and agents are insisting that...
 
Insurers Lose Legal Battle with California DOI Over ZIP Code-Based Rating Factors

Auto insurers in California have lost their legal battle to base premiums more heavily on where a policyholder lives.
 
More States May Require Market Conduct Statements

Additional states may soon require both property/casualty insurers and life and annuity providers to file “market conduct annual statements.”
 
Post-Katrina Compliance: Companies Adjust To Meet State Expectations for Storm Claims

An insurance company has already won the first policyholder lawsuit coming out of last year’s disastrous hurricanes. Nevertheless, compliance professionals have already started taking steps to meet the expectations of state insurance departments along the Gulf Coast to minimize customer complaints.
 
Weak Compliance Culture Contributes To ‘Deceptive’ Life Sales to the Military

You can say a lot of things about American-Amicable Life Insurance Company and its recent settlement with regulators over improper sales of life insurance to members of the military. But you’ve got to give the...