11 CRR-NY 27.3NY-CRR

OFFICIAL COMPILATION OF CODES, RULES AND REGULATIONS OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK
TITLE 11. INSURANCE
CHAPTER II. AGENTS, BROKERS AND ADJUSTERS
PART 27. EXCESS LINE PLACEMENTS GOVERNING STANDARDS
11 CRR-NY 27.3
11 CRR-NY 27.3
27.3 Submission of risk to authorized insurers.
(a) Except as provided in section 2118(b)(3)(F) of the Insurance Law and subdivision (g) of this section, no excess line broker shall place coverage for a risk with any unauthorized insurer, unless the risk has been declined by at least three authorized insurers, each of which is authorized in this State to write insurance of the kind requested and is an insurer that the excess line broker has reason to believe might consider writing the type of coverage or class of insurance involved. An excess line broker shall be considered to have reason to believe that an authorized insurer might consider writing the type of coverage or class of insurance if the decision to offer the risk to such authorized insurer was based on any of the following:
(1) recent acceptance by the authorized insurer of a type of coverage or class of insurance similar to that for which coverage is presently being sought;
(2) advertising by the authorized insurer or its agent indicating that the authorized insurer is willing to consider acceptance of this or a similar type of coverage or class of insurance;
(3) media communications (i.e., newspaper or magazine articles, trade publications, television and radio programming) indicating that the authorized insurer is writing, or is considering writing, this or a similar type of coverage or class of insurance;
(4) communication with other insurance professionals, risk managers, trade associations, the excess line association or the department of financial services, which indicates that the authorized insurer might consider writing this type of coverage or class of insurance; or
(5) any other valid basis for making such decision.
(b) Every licensee or affirming broker, in connection with the placement of each risk pursuant to this Part, shall record on the affidavit required pursuant to section 27.5 of this Part, the information relied upon that formed the basis of such licensee's or affirming broker's reason to believe that the authorized insurer might consider writing the type of coverage or class of insurance involved.
(c) Declinations obtained from authorized insurers which are affiliates of, or, as defined in article 15 of the Insurance Law, under common control with, each other or the unauthorized insurer shall not meet the requirements of this subdivision unless such related insurers operate as distinct and autonomous entities, and for underwriting purposes, compete with each other for the same type of coverage or class of insurance.
(d) If less than the full amount of coverage for the risk can be obtained from authorized insurers, the excess line broker may procure coverage from an unauthorized insurer only for the excess portion over the amount obtainable from the authorized insurers.
(e)
(1) Unless the licensee obtains a declination from an appropriate residual market facility, no diligent effort will be considered to have been made if the insurance is available from such residual market facility in connection with the placement of:
(i) a policy of noncommercial motor vehicle liability insurance;
(ii) medical malpractice insurance for a general hospital, as defined in section 2801(10) of the Public Health Law, a physician or dentist; or
(iii) insurance which by law must be provided by an authorized insurer.
(2) In connection with the placement of any other kind of insurance, a declination from the appropriate residual market facility shall be required unless, prior to the placement, the insured has been advised of the availability of coverage from the residual market facility, and has, nevertheless, consented in writing to placement with an unauthorized insurer.
(f) The excess line broker shall keep a complete and separate record of all policies procured from unauthorized insurers under its excess line license. Where declinations are required, the excess line broker and the producing broker shall maintain files supporting declinations by authorized insurers obtained by such excess line or producing broker.
(g) Exceptions.
(1)
(i) Pursuant to the provisions of section 2118(b)(4) of the Insurance Law, the superintendent has determined that an excess line broker shall not be required to comply with the provisions of subdivisions (a), (b) and (c) of this section with regard to the placement of any of the following coverages:
Asbestos, Fungi and Water Damage Remediation and Removal—Liability and Property Damage
Amusement Parks and Carnivals
Property and/or liability coverage for the owners/operators of amusement parks, theme parks and carnivals.
Amusement Rides and Devices
Property and/or liability coverage for the owners/operators of amusement rides and devices including bumper cars, go-carts and go-cart tracks, giant slides, skateboard tracks, roller-blade tracks, etc.
Animal Mortality
Coverage against the death of any domesticated or wild animal from any cause.
Armored Car, Couriers or Check Cashing Operations
Crime coverage for armored car services, couriers transporting valuable documents and securities, and check cashing operations.
Auto Racing and Automobile Race Track Liability
Coverage for claims of spectators, participants or other third parties in connection with the operation of an automobile race track or drag strip, or the staging or conduct of an automobile race.
Automobile Personal Injury Protection (PIP) Excess of $150,000
First party, New York No- Fault PIP benefits, excess of $150,000
Blood Banks; Blood and Organ Facilities Liability
Liability coverage for facilities that primarily deal with the collection, storage and distribution of blood, blood products and human organs.
Boats and Yachts
1. High Speed Boats - Property and liability coverage for the owners and operators of boats capable of attaining speeds in excess of 40 miles per hour.
2. Boat Rentals - Property and liability coverage for the owners and operators of boat rental facilities.
Builders Risk Insurance
Coverage for construction projects where the total insured values exceed $10,000,000.
Commercial Excess and Umbrella Liability
1. Coverage for commercial excess liability where the underlying policy limits or self-insured retention is at least $10,000,000 per occurrence.
2. Coverage for commercial umbrella liability where the underlying automobile and general liability policies or self-insured retentions contain limits of at least $10,000,000 per occurrence.
Commercial Property
1. Coverage for commercial excess property insurance where the policy provides in excess of $50,000,000 in underlying coverage.
2. Primary or excess property insurance coverage for property used for business purposes when the total insured values exceed $200,000,000.
Contract Frustration
Coverage as defined in section 1113(a)(17)(E) of the Insurance Law.
Elevator Service and Maintenance Contractors—Liability and Property Damage
Employed Lawyers Liability
Employed lawyer's liability insurance for lawyers who are employed as lawyers by a business entity and not a law firm.
Environmental Impairment/Pollution Liability
Liability coverage and/or pollution clean-up expense risks or coverages for the following:
Asbestos Abatement Contractors;
General Pollution Liability;
Environmental Impairment;
Lead Abatement Contractors;
Hazardous Waste Disposal Sites;
Hazardous Waste Haulers and Shippers;
Hazardous Waste Site Mitigation Contractors;
Radon Mitigation Contractors;
Radon Testing Firms;
Underground Storage Tanks - Marketers; and
Underground Storage Tanks - Non-Marketers.
Excess Professional/Errors and Omissions Liability - All Classes
Excess liability coverage where the underlying policy limits and/or self-insured retention is at least $10,000,000 per occurrence.
Excess Salary Protection (Disability) Insurance as a monoline policy.
Insurance pursuant to Insurance Law section 1113(a)(31)(A) against financial loss caused by the cessation of earned income due to disability from sickness, ailment or bodily injury, in an amount up to that portion of an individual’s annual earned income, which is in excess of the amount of in-force disability insurance from an authorized insurer, in an amount not to exceed 75 percent of the individual’s annual earned income in total based upon the sum of the in-force disability insurance and salary protection insurance when the benefits are payable to the individual or the individual’s beneficiary.
Explosives, Munitions or Fireworks - Manufacturing or Display
Property and/or liability coverage for the manufacturer of explosives, munitions or fireworks and firms that produce fireworks displays and exhibitions.
Fine Arts Dealers
All-risk or named perils coverage for property held for sale by fine arts dealers.
Flood Insurance
1. Flood Insurance Excess of Maximum Limits available from the Federal Flood Program.
2. Primary coverage on property not eligible for Federal Flood Program.
General Liability, Owners, Landlords and Tenants and/or Manufacturers and Contractors
1. Primary or excess liability coverage for general contractors and subcontractors, in all construction trades for damages that arise out of the construction, building, demolition or renovation of any building or structure.
2. Owners Contractors Protective - primary or excess liability coverage purchased by a contractor to protect the interests of the property owner relating to a specific construction project.
Golf Driving Range Liability
Personal injury or property damage liability coverage associated with the operation of a driving range, e.g., for damage caused by flying golf balls, improperly wielded golf clubs, etc.
Horseback Riding Establishments
Coverage for riding academies and pony rides.
House Movers and Building Demolition Contractors
Coverage for liability arising out of the moving of a house or the demolition of a building. For example, injury caused by falling brick, flying debris, etc., and structural or other damage to a house being moved.
Large Law Firm Lawyers’ Professional Liability Insurance (LPL)
Professional liability for a law firm that has more than 100 attorneys.
Lead Liability Insurance
Coverage for personal injury resulting from the ingestion or inhalation of lead or lead dust.
Liquor Law Liability Coverage
Monoline liquor law liability coverage for taverns and restaurants only where liquor sales exceed 75 percent of total sales revenue.
Prize Indemnification
Coverage as defined in section 1113(a)(27) of the Insurance Law.
Product Liability Insurance
Product Liability Coverage for the following classes of risks or coverages only:
Aircraft Parts Manufacturers;
Automobile Parts Manufacturers;
Bioengineered Products;
Farm Equipment Parts Manufacturers;
Firearms Manufacturers;
Helmet Manufacturers; and
Pharmaceutical Products Manufacturers.
Product Recapture or Recall Insurance
Coverage for damages associated with the withdrawal, inspection, repair, replacement or loss of use of the insured's products or work, if such products, work or property are withdrawn from the market or use due to known or suspected defect or deficiency.
Recreational Guide Services
Coverage for outfitters and guides for camping, hiking, rafting, bungee jumping, parachuting, hunting and fishing clubs, shooting ranges, hunting and fishing and similar recreational activities.
Security Guards - Armed and/or Using Dogs
Professional liability coverage for security guard firms which provide guards using firearms or dogs.
Skating Rinks
Liability coverage for injury to participants and spectators in ice and roller skating rinks.
Ski Area Liability
Liability coverage for owners and operators of ski resorts, ski lifts, ski equipment sales and rental, ski lessons, ski trail maintenance, snow-making operations, etc.
Special Events
Primary or excess liability coverage for unique exposures of limited duration, which require varied and specialized terms, conditions and coverages generally issued to sponsors, organizers, performers and participants of trade shows, parades, flea markets, concerts, fairs and other similar events.
Special Multi Peril Coverage
Primary or excess liability coverage for general contractors and subcontractors, in all construction trades for damages that arise out of the construction, building, demolition or renovation of any building or structure when the coverage is packaged along with property coverage.
Tractor Pulls/Mud Bogs
Liability coverage for claims of spectators, participants or other third parties in connection with the operation of organized exhibitions, races or demonstrations primarily involving “Monster” trucks, tractors and similar off-road vehicles.
Vacant Commercial Property
Primary or excess property insurance for vacant or unoccupied buildings used for commercial purposes.
Vacant or Unoccupied Buildings
Primary and/or Excess “Liability” Insurance for vacant or unoccupied buildings.
Warehouseman's Liability
Coverage for the liability of a warehouse owner or operator for loss of or damage to the lawful goods of others in owner's or operator's care, custody or control.
(ii) Pursuant to the provisions of section 2118(b)(4) of the Insurance Law, the superintendent has determined that an excess line broker need only obtain two declinations from authorized insurers for the following risks or exposures:
Primary or Excess Errors and Omissions/Miscellaneous Professional Liability Coverage (other than Medical Malpractice Insurance as described in subparagraph [e][1][ii] of this section), including general liability coverage (if included in the same policy) with respect to the following risks or coverages:
Alcohol and/or drug rehabilitation centers;
Alcohol and/or drug rehabilitation programs;
Residential facilities including convalescent centers, nursing homes, and assisted care facilities;
Day care centers for adults, children or the physically or mentally disabled;
Group homes for adults, children or the physically or mentally disabled;
Halfway houses for adults, children and/or the physically or mentally disabled;
Hospices care service providers;
Social services agencies;
Foster care service providers; and
Home health care providers.
(2)
(i) Application may be made to the superintendent for the addition of a coverage to the list of coverages enumerated in paragraph (1) of this subdivision. Applications may request either a total or partial reduction in the number of declinations as provided in section 2118(b)(4) of the Insurance Law.
(ii) Applications to the superintendent made pursuant to subparagraph (i) of this paragraph shall include:
(a) a detailed description of the coverage for which either a total or partial exemption is requested; and
(b) a statement indicating the reasons why the coverage should be considered to be unavailable from authorized insurers.
(iii) In reviewing an application made pursuant to subparagraph (i) of this paragraph, the superintendent shall hold a hearing, on a record and issue a summary of findings and conclusions to determine if another number of declinations is appropriate in regard to the particular coverage. In making such determination, consideration shall be given to relevant market conditions and market surveys.
(iv) Additions to the list of coverages enumerated in paragraph (1) of this subdivision shall be published in the State Register.
(h) Subdivisions (a), (b), and (c) of this section shall not apply to an excess line broker seeking to procure or place insurance in this State for an exempt commercial purchaser if the broker discloses to the exempt commercial purchaser that the insurance may or may not be available from the authorized market that may provide greater protection with more regulatory oversight, and the exempt commercial purchaser has subsequently requested in writing that the licensee procure or place the insurance from an unauthorized insurer.
11 CRR-NY 27.3
Current through November 30, 2020
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