OMAHA, Neb., Jan. 7, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Following an unprecedented motion by the Office of the Superintendent of Insurance in New Mexico ordering California Insurance Company of New Mexico (CIC) both to comply instantly with all laws required below its authorized redomestication to New Mexico or face monetary penalties and doable revocation of the Company’s Certificate of Authority, CIC filed go well with in California Federal Court to enjoin the California Insurance Department (CDI) from persevering with to take what the go well with asserts are unlawful, vindictive actions to block the authorized redomestication of CIC and to undermine the A rated, financially sound insurer by instituting a conservatorship to achieve management of CIC. A conservatorship is a take-over mechanism used sometimes for financially troubled corporations, not for top-rated, fiscally prudent, and asset wealthy insurers.
The Federal regulation go well with, filed in United States Federal Court, Eastern District, California, names CDI Commissioner, Ricardo Lara, Deputy Commissioner Kenneth Schnoll, and Deputy Commissioner Bryant Henley, in their official capacities, charging the Department officers with violation of the Commerce Clause of the United States Constitution, violation of the Company’s proper to due course of, and units the premise for a requirement for compensation for losses ensuing from damages brought on to the Company by the CDI defendants’ unlawful manipulation and management of its property below the conservatorship.
CIC costs the Insurance Commissioner and the opposite officers named with “unlawful” and “bad faith” motion in imposing an arbitrary, illogical and unlawful conservatorship of CIC to hinder its New Mexico redomestication, after that transfer was authorized by a number of states, together with California, earlier than CDI’s shock, abrupt “about face” in in search of an order to grant themselves– the CDI– the conservatorship, and failing to disclose to the court docket the Commissioner’s earlier participation in and approval of the redomiciling or of his earlier illustration that the transfer “presented no risk to California policyholders.” Since then, the go well with states, the CDI named defendants have continued to wage a nasty religion marketing campaign to hurt CIC by prohibiting the Company from transferring its property and its enterprise to New Mexico in compliance with the authorized redomestication and the Order of New Mexico’s Superintendent of Insurance in October of 2019.
The go well with asserts, additional, that CDI filed an software for approval of a non-consensual rehabilitation plan in California State Court that may impose extreme punitive measures on CIC for failure to adjust to the Conservatorship, however offered no rationale for the imposition in the primary place. Among different issues, the CDI seeks to require CIC to switch and reinsure its whole “book of California business” to an unaffiliated competitor, and to pressure CIC to settle greater than 40 separate civil authorized proceedings on arbitrary phrases dictated by the Commissioner, in which the Company has legitimate defenses and an unqualified proper to defend.
In sum, the go well with phrases the CDI’s actions a “vendetta against CIC” ensuing from the Company’s profitable defenses of lawsuits with which the CDI disagrees and its monetary energy that makes CIC a wealthy goal for manipulation by the CDI and a straightforward assault by the trial bar. As the CDI beforehand agreed, the place to resolve these lawsuits is in court docket, not by the arbitrary imposition of a pressured settlement.
According to Mr. Jeffrey A. Silver, CIC’s General Counsel, the CDI’s actions signify an unique, if not unlawful method to discover a means to flip the financially sound, A rated insurance coverage provider right into a defenseless goal for the trial attorneys, a robust foyer with advocates and collaborators in state authorities. “Incredibly, CDI has targeted CIC despite our good citizenship in paying claims– praised as the best in State recently in the California Department of Industrial Relations’ Profile Audit Review Report– and despite our financial strength– or maybe because of it. The CDI works collaboratively with trial lawyers, we believe, whose interests collide with insuring consumers, businesses, insurance pricing and the insuring environment itself affecting all California policyholders,” mentioned Mr. Silver. He continued, “The outright irrational, illegal maneuvers of the current CDI are without parallel and have deep implications for all insurers and businesses in the State. The remarkable groundswell of support that we have received, in our battles with the CDI, even among insurance license holders usually fearful of the CDI’s wrath, demonstrates the depth of outrage over this latest power grab by CDI, following the same group’s continuing effort to injure the State Compensation Fund over a rate battle. Many former regulators, insurance professionals and other objective observers believe CDI has acted in a most unusual, egregious manner that ultimately poses these questions for the legislature: who is in charge? what are the priorities? does it matter if insurers stop providing needed coverages here?”
Mr. Silver added: “Enough is Enough. We have taken our case to Federal Court and are advising the media of these actions in the hope that they will shine fair light on the workings of the CDI, its use of public funds, its priorities, its leadership, its actual mission under the law, and, most of all, its nebulous workings and relations with select trial lawyers. We believe the bullying and victimizing must stop and that State leadership must act to protect the integrity of the regulatory processes that cover insurance. Our lawsuit is a vital first step in seeking that end, in identifying those responsible and in securing fairness and proper redress.”
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For additional data contact:
Mr. Jeffrey Silver at [email protected] or at (402) 393-1984.
California Insurance Company holds an A.M. Best Rating of “A”
Ratings issuer AM Best has affirmed the Financial Strength Rating of ‘A’ (Excellent) and Long-Term Issuer Credit Ratings of ‘A’ of 5 corporations collectively referred to as North American Casualty Group (NAC). The corporations with the affirmed scores are: California Insurance Co. (CIC), Continental Indemnity Co., Illinois Insurance Co., Texas Insurance Co. and Pennsylvania Insurance Co. NAC’s risk-adjusted capitalization, as measured by Best’s Capital Adequacy Ratio (BCAR), is assessed on the strongest degree, and AM Best expects it to stay at an identical degree in potential years. Balance sheet energy additionally advantages from the corporate’s robust liquidity profile, conservative funding technique, and disciplined reserving. The scores company mentioned NAC has a observe report of “strong operating earnings, underpinned by its robust underwriting performance” and demonstrated by a five-year common return on fairness ratio of 13.1% and a mixed ratio averaging 75% (2015-2019).
SOURCE California Insurance Company
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