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Third Substitute H.B. 263
7 LONG TITLE
8 General Description:
9 This bill modifies the Insurance Code to address rehabilitation and liquidation.
10 Highlighted Provisions:
11 This bill:
12 . provides for mediation and arbitration;
13 . addresses what must be demonstrated by the liquidator in order to exercise the
14 authority to seek an order to have the parties submit their commutation proposal to a
15 panel of arbitrators; and
16 . makes technical changes.
17 Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
19 Other Special Clauses:
21 Utah Code Sections Affected:
23 31A-27-330.6, as last amended by Chapter 105, Laws of Utah 2004
25 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
26 Section 1. Section 31A-27-330.6 is amended to read:
27 31A-27-330.6. Reinsurance commutations.
28 Notwithstanding Section 31A-27-330.5 , when the insurer has been a party to a
29 reinsurance agreement[
30 (1) (a) The liquidator may negotiate a voluntary commutation and release of all
31 obligations arising from the agreements.
32 (b) (i) Subject to Subsection (1)(b)(ii), a commutation and release agreement
33 voluntarily entered into by the parties shall be:
34 (A) commercially reasonable;
35 (B) actuarially sound; and
36 (C) made in the best interests of the creditors of the insurer.
37 (ii) A commutation and release agreement voluntarily entered into by the parties that
38 exceeds $100,000 shall be:
39 (A) reviewed by the court; and
40 (B) approved if the agreement meets the standards described in Subsection (1)(b)(i).
43 (2) (a) At any time after an eight-year period beginning on the day on which an order of
44 liquidation is entered, the liquidator shall apply to the court, with notice to the other party, for
45 an order requiring the parties to the reinsurance agreement to enter into nonbinding mediation
46 to resolve any differences between the parties relating to a commutation and release of all
47 obligations relating to:
48 (i) open claim reserves; and
49 (ii) incurred but not reported claim reserves.
50 (b) Upon the request of the liquidator under this Subsection (2), the court shall appoint
51 a mediator to mediate a resolution of the differences between the parties.
52 (c) The expenses of the mediator shall be shared equally between the parties to the
53 reinsurance agreement.
54 (3) (a) Subject to Subsection (3)(b), the liquidator may apply to the court, with notice
55 to the other party, for an order requiring that parties to the reinsurance agreement submit their
56 commutation proposal to a panel of three arbitrators[
57 (i) a two-year period beginning on the day on which an order is issued under
58 Subsection (2); and
59 (ii) the court-appointed mediator certifies to the court that the parties are unable to
60 resolve their differences.
61 (b) The discretionary power of the liquidator provided for in Subsection (3)(a) may be
62 exercised after approval by the court upon demonstration by the liquidator that:
63 (i) a reinsurer is not negotiating in good faith;
64 (ii) a reinsurer is unduly delaying the negotiation or settlement of a reinsurance
65 agreement between the insolvent insurer and the reinsurer;
66 (iii) a reinsurer ignores a properly presented bill for payment from the liquidator for
67 more than 180 days;
68 (iv) any conduct by a reinsurer unduly or unreasonably impacts the administration or
69 closure of the estate of the insolvent insurer by the liquidator; or
70 (v) conduct by a reinsurer is intended to delay or avoid negotiating settlement or
71 payment of a proposal to commute a reinsurance agreement between the insolvent insurer and a
74 (i) within the district of the liquidation court's jurisdiction; or
75 (ii) such other location as may be agreed to by the parties.
76 (b) [
77 commutation would be in the best interests of the creditors of the liquidation estate, the court
78 shall require that the liquidator and the other party [
79 to commence arbitration to be conducted pursuant to the Procedures for Resolution of United
80 States Insurance and Reinsurance Disputes, Neutral Panel Version dated April 2004.
84 (c) [
86 other documents and information relevant to the determination of the parties' rights and
87 obligations under the reinsurance agreement to be commuted, including:
88 (i) a written review of open claim files; and
89 (ii) an actuarial estimate of incurred-but-not-reported losses.
92 of a commercially reasonable and actuarially sound commutation and release agreement[
94 (ii) The court shall confirm the arbitration panel's award absent proof of statutory
95 grounds for vacating or modifying the award.
98 (e) (i) If the reinsurance agreement contains an arbitration clause that is not in conflict
99 with this section, the arbitration shall be conducted consistent with the reinsurance agreement
100 arbitration clause, otherwise the arbitration shall be conducted as provided in this section.
101 (ii) The award determined under this Subsection (4)(e) shall be submitted to the court
102 as provided in Subsection (4)(d).
103 (f) If the arbitration panel finds, upon request of either party, that payment of or
104 enforcement of the arbitration panel's award would likely cause the insolvency of the affected
105 reinsurer, the portion of the award related to outstanding and incurred but not reported losses
106 may not be enforced and payment of the obligations may not be accelerated, except:
107 (i) to the extent that the liquidator agrees to the payment, after consultation with the
108 reinsurer's domiciliary commissioner; and
109 (ii) on the liquidator's determination that enforcement of the award will not cause the
110 reinsurer's insolvency.
111 (g) Except as provided in Subsection [
112 to supersede or impair any provision in a reinsurance agreement that establishes a
113 commercially reasonable and actuarially sound method for valuing and commuting the
114 obligations of the parties to the reinsurance agreement by providing in the contract the specific
115 methodology to be used for valuing and commuting the obligations.
117 that the provision was entered into in contemplation of the insolvency of one or more of the
119 (b) A contractual commutation provision entered into within one year of the liquidation
120 order of the insurer shall be rebuttably presumed to have been entered into in contemplation of
123 proceedings that are pending on April 29, 1996, and to all future liquidations.
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