Reinsurance Law Update

Reinsurance Law examines the intricacies of U.S. reinsurance law in the twenty-first century, giving readers a practical grasp of the purpose, benefits, markets, and costs of reinsurance; the features, operation, and risk-and-return characteristics of the full range of reinsurance products; state, federal, and international regulation of reinsurance; and a full understanding of resolving disputes in the industry.

This practical treatise is enhanced with time-saving checklists and numerous adaptable sample agreements and sample clauses.

Release #13 expands and updates the treatise with coverage of the latest developments in reinsurance law. Highlights of the update include the following:

  • Revised Section 3:4, Reinsurer’s Obligation Regarding Supplemental Benefits Outside of the Applicable Limits of Liability, discusses the New York Court of Appeals decision in Global Reinsurance Corp. of America v. Century Indemnity Co., in which the court observed that its 2004 decision in Excess Insurance Co. v. Factory Mutual Insurance Co. did not hold that third-party defense costs under any facultative reinsurance contract are unambiguously or presumptively capped by the liability limits.
  • Revised Section 6:8.4, Subpoenas, in the book’s chapter on arbitration, explains that in CVS Health Corp. v. Vividus, the Ninth Circuit found that a “plain reading of the text of Section 7 [of the Federal Arbitration Act] reveals that an arbitrator’s power to compel the production of documents is limited to production at an arbitration hearing.”

In addition, the Table of Authorities has been updated to reflect the revisions found in Release #13.

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Treatise Update: Directors’ and Officers’ Liability


Directors’ and Officers’ Liability: Current Law, Recent Developments, Emerging Issues (Third Edition) provides a cutting-edge, straightforward explanation of the obligations of directors and officers of public companies, the penalties they face if they fail to meet their obligations, and the protections available to them under the law or by agreement. Authors Barry Kaplan and Gregory Watts provide solid coverage of topics of utmost importance to directors and officers—the sources of law governing the duties of directors and officers; the key facets of board committees; D&O duties under state corporate law and federal and state securities laws; private civil actions and public enforcement; exculpations, indemnity, and insurance; cybersecurity; contested mergers and acquisitions; Securities Act suits filed in state court; special issues in pharma and biotech; and more.

Of particular note, the chapter on Emerging Issues provides readers with coverage of the latest new developments in the area. Regularly updated, this chapter brings readers’ attention to the latest on dynamic issues like D&O liability related to data breaches, sexual harassment, and climate change.

Director’ and Officers’ Liability is a vital resource for corporate and outside counsel and private practitioners—particularly those whose expertise and specialized training may not include corporate governance and securities.

Highlights of Release #2 include:

  • Emerging Issues: Chapter 8 has been extensively updated to bring you timely discussion of emerging areas of potential liability for directors and officers such as cryptocurrency and initial coin offerings, sexual harassment, and climate change.
  • Board Membership Policies: Gender and ethnic diversity is increasingly a criterion for membership on the board of a public company, and in September 2018, California became the first state to require public companies to have female directors on their boards.

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New Title! An Associate’s First Year: A Guide to Thriving at a Law Firm

An Associate’s First Year: A Guide to Thriving at a Law Firm is a new published title from PLI Press.

There is more to thriving as a new law firm associate than doing great legal work. Associates must also demonstrate commitment to law firm values; capably manage up and down within their firm; successfully interact with people of different generations, cultures, and backgrounds; champion diversity and inclusion; work smartly and efficiently; contribute to innovation within their firms; manage their workloads; continually learn about their clients’ businesses; and so much more.

An Associate’s First Year, edited by Jennifer L. Bluestein and featuring contributions from more than a dozen experts—including partners, professional developments directors, law firm associates, and other legal industry professionals—provides new associates first-hand insights and guidance on:

Each chapter is full of practical suggestions to help new associates navigate their first year of practice at a law firm.

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Copyright Law Treatise Update!

Copyright Law: A Practitioner’s Guide (Second Edition)

Written by two nationally recognized lawyers who have litigated major copyright cases, Copyright Law: A Practitioner’s Guide (Second Edition), provides up-to-date analysis of court decisions and practical advice for the protection of copyrights. In this release, the authors update and expand your book with discussion of the following topics, among others:

  • Pre-1972 sound recordings: Under the Classics Protection and Access Act of 2018, sound recordings fixed before February 15, 1972 (previously outside the scope of federal copyright laws)are, as of October 11, 2018, afforded rights and remedies largely analogous to those enjoyed by sound recordings that have always been within the subject matter and protections of the Copyright Act.
  • Standing: According to the Ninth Circuit, a suit brought in the name of an animal may state a case or controversy for Article III purposes, but does not expressly authorize animals to file copyright infringement suits” (Naruto v. Slater).
  • First sale doctrine—electronic transmissions: in Capital Records,LLC v. ReDigi, Inc., the Second Circuit concluded that ReDigi—a business built on allowing users to “resell” uploaded digital copies to other users—infringed the plaintiffs’ reproduction right, rejecting application of the first sale doctrine as a defense. The court held that the ReDigi technology allowed for a reproduction of the digital file in a new material object “for a period of more than a transitory duration,” both in ReDigi’s server and in the new purchaser’s device. That results in the creation of a new phonorecord, which is a reproduction.
  • Fair use—parody: According to a New York federal district court, a one-woman play written in the style of Dr. Seuss and featuring a forty-five-year-old version of Cindy-Lou Who parodied How the Grinch Stole Christmas! And qualified as a fair use (Lombardo v. Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P.).

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PLI PLUS New Content Added in 2018

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What’s New for January on PLI PLUS

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Updated Treatise! Friedman on Leases (Sixth Edition)

Friedman on Leases is widely regarded as the leading authority on commercial real estate leasing, recognized for its extensive and balanced coverage of tenant and landlord concerns. This fifth release of Friedman on Leases, Sixth Edition continues to deliver not only the foundational knowledge required by novice practitioners, but also analysis of and insight into the most current and relevant developments facing seasoned practitioners in the commercial real estate field.

The author, Andrew R. Berman, is Senior Vice-President and Associate General Counsel with Savills Studley in New York. He is a former real estate partner at Orrick Herrington, Akerman, and Sidley Austin, and is a law professor at New York Law School, where he founded the Center for Real Estate Studies and the Institute for In-House Counsel. Mr. Berman’s expertise in both practice and academia enable him to provide the broad perspective and insight that real estate professionals need in this rigorous and dynamic field.

Highlights of Release #5 include the following:

  • Fiduciary Capacity; Authority. Updated discussion reviews how Illinois, New York, and Pennsylvania approach a landlord-trustee’s power to lease in the absence of a special power. (See section 2:1.2.)
  • Taxes, Assessments. Updated discussion covers when a lease requires the tenant to pay the landlord additional rent based on future increases in real estate taxes. (See section 5:2.1.)
  • Amount of Percentage Rent. Updated with new examples that illustrate the different approaches to determine percentage rent, as well as a new sample percentage rent provision with percentages that vary and a cap. (See section 6:2.)
  • Holdover Tenant Versus Foreclosing Mortgagee. Updated to include cases that illustrate the uncertainty over whether an attornment provision affirms that privity of estate exists between the tenant and the purchaser, or whether it extends liability by way of privity of contract. (See section 8:3.)

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Treatise Update: Mutual Funds and Exchange Traded Funds Regulation (Third Edition)

Mutual Funds and Exchange Traded Funds Regulation offers definitive and up-to-date legal and compliance information. This two-volume treatise is filled with practical advice on complex issues involving valuation, distribution through intermediaries, structuring a 12b-1 plan, conducting a compliance review, and guarding against conflicts of interest. Mutual Funds and Exchange Traded Funds Regulation is an essential compliance tool for securities attorneys, mutual fund practitioners, compliance personnel, and risk officers in fund complexes, and a valuable reference for business professionals and investors.

The latest update to Mutual Funds and Exchange Traded Funds Regulation, Third Edition expands the treatise to cover developments affecting mutual funds and exchange traded funds. Highlights of this release include:

  • Chapter 5, Shareholder Reports. New discussion covers the June 2018 changes to Form N-1A adopted by the SEC regarding the reporting and disclosure of liquidity information by mutual funds in fund shareholder reports (see section 5:2.2[D]); reviews the SEC’s June 2018 adoption of new Rule 30e-3 under the Investment Company Act, which gives mutual funds a “notice and access” option for delivering shareholder reports (see section 5:3.2[B]); and examines Form N-PORT, which is the new form in which funds (except for money market funds) are required to provide additional and more frequent reports of portfolio holdings, risk metrics, and other data monthly (see section 5:4).
  • Chapter 13A, Liquidity Risk Management Programs and Swing Pricing. New discussion covers the SEC’s statement in the Investment Company Liquidity Disclosure Release that “funds that believe they would have to maintain dual liquidity classification programs” may apply for exemptive relief from the liquidity classification requirements of Rule 22e-4 if they believe their existing liquidity risk management programs would “effectively accomplish the Commission’s stated goals.” (See section 13A:4.7.)
  • Chapter 16, Purchase and Sales of Mutual Fund Shares. Updated discussion reviews FASB Accounting Standards Codification 820 (ASC 820) (previously FAS 157), including its definition of and framework for measuring fair value (see section 16:3.2); covers the amendments to Rule 22c-1 to permit certain registered open-end investment companies (not money market funds or ETFs) employing so-called “swing pricing” (see section 16:3.3); and examines Rule 22e-4 under the Investment Company Act, which requires open-end investment companies, including ETFs (but not money market funds), to adopt a liquidity risk management program that satisfies certain minimum requirements (see section 16:4.1).

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New Treatise Edition: Variable Annuities and Other Insurance Investment Products

The growth of variable insurance products has been dramatic and reflects broader trends that have occurred in financial services over the past few decades. Variable products are a clear example of how insurance companies have expanded their product base to more directly link insurance and investment. In recent years, other insurance investment products, such as SEC-registered fixed annuities, have grown in importance. PLI helps you keep pace with these developments.

Edited by Clifford E. Kirsch, noted authority in the area of securities regulation and compliance, and with valuable contributions from more than two dozen other distinguished practitioners in the field, PLI Press’s new Third Edition of Variable Annuities and Other Insurance Investment Products (formerly Variable Annuities & Variable Life Insurance Regulation) provides attorneys, compliance personnel, and business professionals with the most current legal, regulatory, and procedural guidance regarding variable annuities and other insurance investment products.

The comprehensive coverage in Variable Annuities and Other Insurance Products is grouped broadly into two sections. Part I focuses on variable insurance products, which are subject to a complex regulatory framework that includes the federal securities laws, state insurance laws, ERISA, and tax. Part II covers other types of insurance investment products such as insurance-linked securities.

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