Under the California Insurance Code, the Worker’s Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau is required to submit policy forms to the Department of Insurance for review before they may be approved for sale to the public. Insurers may not alter policy forms after they are reviewed and approved by the Department of Insurance. However, in this case, the carrier inserted payment agreements known in regulatory-speak as “collateral” agreements after the review and approval process. The policies were sold in California, to California companies, but called for New York arbitration, thus the case is venued in New York courts. The New York Appellate Division, relying on California law, properly held that the payment agreements were illegal under California law and void as against public policy. The carriers appealed despite recent cases and enforcement actions taken by the Department of Insurance with almost identical facts. UP urged the Court of Appeals to affirm.
Court New York Court of Appeals
Case Number 102187/11
- Prior Approval of Policies
- Regulatory Authority
- New York