Surplus Lines News

Top Insurance Regulatory Developments of 2020: Part 2

This is the second installment of a two-part look at the top 10 insurance regulatory developments of 2020 by attorneys at Locke Lord. The first part on Jan. 22 covered COVID-19, Insurtechs, Data Privacy, Race Equality and Pharmacy Benefit Managers. …

Jumpstart Parametric Earthquake Firm on Move in West

Jumpstart Insurance Solutions Inc. is on the move in the earthquake-prone West – and the company is now working with insurance agents. Jumpstart, a licensed surplus lines insurance broker using Lloyd’s capacity, began offering earthquake insurance in California a little …

Applied Specialty Underwriters Names Black to Lead Middle Market Surplus Lines

Applied Underwriters has named John Black, Sr., CPCU, to lead its expansion into middle market surplus lines. As executive vice president of the newly-expanded Applied Specialty Underwriters, Black, who has 35 years of underwriting experience, will focus on middle market …

Digital E&S Broker Pathpoint Offers Multiple Cyber Quotes to Retail Agents

Pathpoint, a digital excess and surplus lines insurance broker, said it is offering a new capability to independent retail agents: access to multiple cyber insurance quotes from through a single online application containing only 9 underwriting questions. The new product …

The Gig Economy, Auto Insurance and Surplus Lines

Automobile insurance looks very different today than it did a generation ago. The means by which people (and goods) travel via motor vehicles continue to expand and evolve, as do businesses and their automobile insurance needs, especially in the gig …

Hearing on California Export List Covered Record Number of Items

A dozen doesn’t sound like a lot, but it may be a record in the world of the California Export List. More items were proposed for the list than in recent memory during a California Department of Insurance hearing conducted …

Should Upcoming California Commissioner’s Hearing on Wildfires Concern Insurers?

Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara will convene a “virtual investigatory hearing” on Monday to initiate a series of regulatory actions that will protect residents from the increasing risk of wildfires. Several years of destructive wildfires have made insurance expensive and difficult …

The State of Surplus Lines Insurance: Busy Solving Risk Puzzles in a Complex World

Insurance professionals in the surplus lines sector are busy. Busy adapting to a changing business world during COVID-19. Busy adapting to a changing property/casualty market where standard lines insurers are steadfastly shedding undesirable accounts. Busy adapting to a market that …

Palomar Excess and Surplus Insurance Company Formed in Arizona

Palomar Holdings Inc. has formed Palomar Excess and Surplus Insurance Co. Palomar Holdings Inc. announced the underwritten public offering of 1 million shares of the company’s common stock PESIC has received all necessary regulatory approvals to operate as an excess …

How COVID-19 Impacts the Surplus Lines Insurance Industry

COVID-19 has majorly disrupted the global economy, and while many business sectors are subjected to temporary shutdowns or bare minimum operations, the insurance industry is racing forward while confronting unprecedented amounts of risk and uncertainty. Under most state-issued business shutdown …