Expect Focus - Volume II, Spring 2012

Expect Focus - Volume II, Spring 2012IN THE SPOTLIGHT

  • DOL Scrutinizes Retirement Plan Service Providers


  • Courts Address Absent Class Member Contacts
  • Recent STOLI Decisions
  • Federal Insurance Office Update
  • Annuity Class Action Update
  • JOBS Act Lifts PPVIP Limits
  • NAIC Takes Next Steps in Collateral Reduction Initiative
  • Negotiated Cooperation is Best Approach in IRS Third-Party Summonses
  • Unclaimed Property Requirements


  • Settlement Shields Funds from ERISA Equitable Lien
  • Court Holds Dependent SSDI Benefits Can be Offset
  • Long-Term Care Insurance: Litigation Updates


  • In Colossus Cases, Insurers Bestride Narrow Constructions
  • Appeals Court Finds Mediation Statute Does Not Preclude Appraisal
  • Florida Court Rules Extrinsic Evidence Appropriate
  • Minnesota Court (Slightly) Shifts Burden of Proof for Auto Glass Claims


  • Update of NAIC Separate Account Initiatives


  • BDs Must Jump Hurdles for Complex Products
  • The Potential of Rising Standards for Insurance Product Sales Materials
  • Shareholders Say Misuse of DMF Caused MetLife “Stock Drop”
  • Investor Protection Position Takes Back Seat at SEC
  • SEC Disclosure Report May Advance VA Summary Prospectus
  • Unauthorized Transactions in Customer Accounts
  • Court Rebuffs Schwab’s Challenge to FINRA


  • Third Circuit Sinks (b)(2) Class for Lack of Standing
  • Fifth Circuit Applies Dukes Rulings
  • Eleventh Circuit Rules Bank Customers Must Arbitrate
  • Seventh Circuit Affirms “Clear Trend” Against RESPA Section 8 Class Actions
  • Arbitration Roundup
  • FTC Sets Forth Consumer Privacy Best Practices


  • Employers Feel Backlash for Facebook Snooping
  • Financial Institutions and the White House Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights


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