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Cassie Brown appointed Texas Commissioner of Insurance

Cassie Brown has been appointed Texas Commissioner of Insurance by Gov. Greg Abbott for a term that expires on Feb. 1, 2023. Brown has served as Texas Commissioner of Workers’ Compensation since 2018, succeeding Ryan Brannan who left the head post at the Division of Workers’ Compensation in May 2018.

New York DFS – newly appointed Superintendent – Adrienne Harris

Dana Popish Severinghaus appointed new Director of the Illinois Dept of Insurance

Illinois Governor Pritzker has appointed Dana Popish Severinghaus as the Director of the Illinois Department of Insurance. Popish Severinghaus was a former legislative and regulatory counsel at Allstate Insurance Company, and has legal, policy, government relations, and insurance industry-related experience.  She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies and Journalism & Mass Communications from […]

Filing Insurance Applications in Florida

The question was recently posed in a discussion blog about when an insurer must file Applications with the Florida OIR.  Essentially asking, when does Section 627.410, Florida Statutes, require the Application to be filed.  This filing rule requires filing of an “…application form where written application is required and is to be made a part […]

BUCKLE CORP PURCHASES GATEWAY INSURANCE COMPANY

On June 16, 2020, Buckle Corp consummated the purchase of Gateway Insurance Company, an insurer licensed in 47 states to provide insurance to full-time and part-time limo, taxi and rideshare drivers, and providing digital fronting services to the InsureTech community.   

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 […]