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December 4, 2006
 
Best Practice Tip: Unwanted Replacements
If you’re trying to stem the tide of unwanted replacement activity, try this tip....
 
Federal Judges in Katrina Trials Find Fault With Flood Exclusions in Homeowner Policies
Ambiguity in policy language is becoming a major focus in two Gulf State lawsuits dealing with damage from Hurricane Katrina....
 
ACLI Wants Transparency, Full Disclosure After Merger of Two Broker-Dealer Regulators

A merger of two broker-dealer regulators — NASD and the New York Stock Exchange — into a single regulator for all BDs could make things better for insurer-affiliated broker-dealers....

 
LOMA, LIMRA In Preliminary Merger Talks

The heads of LIMRA International and LOMA have started talks to merge the two organizations....

 
Hearings About Climate, Urban P/C Markets Top NAIC Agenda

Two public hearings at the National Association of Insurance Commissioners winter meeting this month, and a vote to change financial exams, should be of interest to compliance professionals....

 
Maine, Wisconsin Commissioners Will Move On Following NAIC’s Winter Meeting

Maine and Wisconsin will soon have new insurance regulators....

 
New Rules in Effect in Washington Limit Title Insurers’ Spending to Get Business

Washington insurance commissioner Mike Kreidler has a piece of advice for title insurers: track — very closely — what you spend for incentives and inducements to generate business. His advice follows a 10-month investigation into insurers' violations of state law....

 
SEC Official: Annuities ‘A Recurring Concern’

A senior official at the Securities and Exchange Commission has told insurers that the regulator is taking a close look at sales to seniors, sales practices and other aspects of variable and indexed annuities, and that it will share what it finds with state insurance departments....

 
Trade Groups Urge NAIC to Close Loophole, Prohibit STOLI Life Insurance Purchases

Three industry trade groups are endorsing proposed changes to a model law that are designed to end the purchase of stranger-originated life insurance....

 
Maryland Court: Commercial Auto Carriers Can Use Employee Exclusion to Limit Liability

Maryland’s commercial auto carriers can use policy exclusions to limit their liability for company employees to the minimum limits of the state’s compulsory insurance law, the state’s Court of Appeals has ruled....

 
Massachusetts Court Ruling Will Not Require Insurers to Pay for Policyholder Legal Costs

Massachusetts policyholders won’t be able to recoup the costs of suing their insurance companies, even when they win their suit for losses covered by their policy, according to a recent court ruling....

 
Lots of Patience, Understanding Needed to Succeed in China’s Insurance Market

Insurers need patience to deal with the regulatory environment and compliance challenges of selling insurance in the People’s Republic of China, according to two industry executives who recently returned from a meeting with Chinese insurance regulators....

 
ACLI Objects to Korea’s Rulemaking

The American Council of Life Insurers is expressing displeasure with developments in Korea. It says the country doesn’t follow international regulatory best practices....

 
Rules, Regs & Bulletins Dec. 4, 2006

A summary of some of the latest state regulatory actions....

 
Group Asks Supreme Court to Reverse Rulings That Insurers Improperly Used Adverse Notices

 The Property Casualty Insurers Association of America is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn two lower court decisions dealing with credit scores....