Kentucky Auto Point-Of-Sale Tort Notice

The Kentucky Department of Insurance (Department) has issued Advisory Opinion 2022-0002, which clarifies the Department’s interpretation of the requirement for insurers to notify insureds of their right to reject the limitation of their tort rights. This Advisory Opinion was issued May 26, 2022, and was effective upon that day.  Every insurance company when issuing an […]

SC Director of Insurance Ray Farmer to Retire April 15, 2022

Ray Farmer will retire as Director of the South Carolina Department of Insurance on April 15, 2022.  Michael Wise, Deputy Director of Actuarial and Market Services, has been appointed to serve as Acting Director until Farmer’s successor is confirmed by the SC state Senate. Farmer has led the Department of Insurance since 2012.

West Virginia appoints Allan McVey as Insurance Commissioner

West Virginia Governor Justice announced, on September 22, 2021, the appointment of former Insurance Commissioner Allan McVey as the new West Virginia insurance commissioner, filling the position recently vacated by Jim Dodrill. The appointment requires the advice and consent of the Senate.  McVey, who recently served as secretary of administration, served as commissioner from March […]

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.

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]