Arbitration In New York? Sue Your Insurance coverage Agent

Florida Insurance coverage Shopper Advocate Tasha Carter

Why do insurance coverage brokers promote surplus traces insurance policies with arbitration clauses to happen in New York with out warning and completely explaining the results of such a clause to their policyholder purchasers? To be truthful, if such a coverage is the one one accessible and the agent totally explains how costly it may be to arbitrate a matter in a faraway location with unfavorable legislation, what else can the agent do?

Various states have tried to outlaw this observe. I’m not sure why states don’t merely make it unlawful for the excess traces brokers to promote a coverage with such a clause. The varied insurance coverage commissioners ought to do one thing about this subject with a prompt mannequin legislation. I can’t consider one client whom this clause advantages.

The excess traces markets, particularly the Lloyds-related syndicates, are profiting from these clauses. They depend upon a treaty signed when Richard Nixon was president to implement the clause. I’m sure no person thought the influence of that treaty can be to pressure folks to arbitrate in opposition to Lloyds corporations in faraway locations. I’ve famous this in Selection of Regulation and Arbitration Provisions in Texas—Watch out for These Provisions Which Might Apply Legal guidelines of One other State.

One other current federal case dominated that such a clause is binding and that the “arbitration is to happen in New York, making use of New York legislation.”1 It cited quite a few prior rulings with the identical consequence.

So, what might be carried out? The very first thing I’m going to do is ship this submit to Florida’s Insurance coverage Shopper Advocate, Tasha Carter. I’ll ask her to turn into rather more vocal and assist do one thing about this subject or clarify why she refuses to take action. Her webpage states:

As Floridians turn into more and more depending on high quality insurance coverage merchandise, a robust advocate is required to characterize the folks when insurance coverage choices are made. Florida’s Insurance coverage Shopper Advocate is an impartial chief with an efficient and highly effective voice for all Floridians.

The Insurance coverage Shopper Advocate is dedicated to discovering options to insurance coverage points dealing with Floridians, calling consideration to questionable insurance coverage practices, selling a viable insurance coverage market aware of the wants of Florida’s numerous inhabitants and assuring that charges are truthful and justified.

It’s about time she began advocating for her constituents in opposition to this dangerous insurance coverage clause.

Till then, I can solely recommend {that a} policyholder keep away from a coverage with such an arbitration clause. The second factor is to acquire competent authorized counsel within the occasion you’re on this predicament. The policyholder ought to inquire a couple of swimsuit in opposition to your agent for all the extra charges and prices you’ll have to expend simply to gather your insurance coverage advantages. Possibly the insurance coverage agent foyer will stand as much as the excess traces insurance coverage foyer?

Thought For The Day    

Treaties are like roses and younger women. They final whereas they final.

Henry Cabot Lodge


1 12260 Group v. Unbiased Specialty Ins. Co., No. 8:23-cv-1611 (M.D. Fla. Dec. 6, 2023).

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