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Kathleen Birrane appointed as the Maryland Insurance Commissioner

Kathleen Birrane, a partner at DLA Piper Global Law Firm, has been appointed as the next commissioner of the Maryland Insurance Administration by Gov. Larry Hogan. She will succeed Al Redmer, who will become Executive Director of the Maryland Auto Insurance Fund. According to DLA Piper, she advises insurers on complex regulatory compliance matters, insurance […]

Covid19, Cancellation and Regulation

Covid19 has changed the the world we live in and charged the state insurance regulators to respond to the harsh impact on our economy. Set forth below is a sampling of actions taken with respect to cancellation, nonrenewals, and other actions. The list is by no means comprehensive or meant to be instructive, but does […]

Jeff Nash, Managing Member of The Nash Group LLC, appointed as General Counsel of Buckle Corp

Effective October 1, 2019, Jeff Nash, founder and Managing Member of The Nash Group LLC, was appointed General Counsel of Buckle Corp., an insureTech start-up focusing on insurance and financial services to rideshare drivers (like Uber and Lyft drivers). All activities and services of The Nash Group will continue as they have always done, providing […]

NAIC elects the 2020 Officers

At the Fall 2019 National Meeting of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) in Austin Texas on December 10, the members of the NAIC (the State insurance Commissioners) elected the following officers for 2020: President: South Carolina Insurance Director Raymond G. Farmer President-Elect: Florida Insurance Commissioner David Altmaier Vice President: Idaho Insurance Director Dean […]

Connecticut Law Awards Punitive Damages for Using Phones while Driving

Connecticut has enacted a new law (HB 7126) effective July 1, 2019, that will increase the cost of auto insurance for Connecticut drivers.  The new law allows an injured party to recover double or triple damages in civil actions involving a person who operates a motor vehicle while using a hand held mobile device or […]

John King – Georgia Insurance Commissioner

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp announced that Doraville Police Chief John King has been appointed at the Acting Insurance Commissioner during the adjudication of his predecessor Jim Beck, who suspended himself after being indicted on federal charges.  Beck was indicted on federal charges including wire fraud, mail fraud and money laundering. He’s accused of devising an […]

Tennessee Insurance Commissioner McPeak is resigning

Tennessee Insurance Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak has resigned from the Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance (TDCI). Her last day as commissioner will be June 14, 2019.

Mark Afable appointed Wisconsin Insurance Commissioner

Mark Afable has been appointed Wisconsin Insurance Commissioner.  Afable, a graduate of the Marquette University Law School, has been an officer of American Family Insurance since 1994, and at the time of his appointment was their Chief Legal Officer.   He replaces current Commissioner of Insurance Ted Nickel, who has served as COmmissioner since 2011.  Afable’s […]

John Elias approved as Insurance Commissioner of New Hampshire

John Elias, the former Assistant Commissioner of Insurance in New Hampshire, was approved in May by the New Hampshire Executive Counsel as Commissioner of Insurance after he was nominated by Governor Chris T. Sununu.  He replaced Commissioner Roger Sevigny who retired after a distinguished career in the position for 16 years. Elias’ experience in the […]

South Dakota underinsured motorist coverage exclusion found unenforceable

Streff v. State Farm Mutual Auto. Ins. Co., 2017 S.D. 83, was decided by the Supreme Court of South Dakota on December 13, 2017, affecting coverage in private passenger automobile policies for underinsured motorist coverage.  The Court held that the government vehicle exclusion with respect to underinsured motorist coverage in private passenger auto policies unenforceable, and that […]