Insurance disclosure requirements have just become far more complex and onerous for parties that face litigation in New York state courts. In our January article (updated in February), we discussed the particulars of New York’s new Comprehensive Insurance Disclosure Act as it stood when the legislation was signed into law in late December 2021 and as contemplated by amendments proposed by the governor and being considered by the legislature. In late February, many of these proposed amendments were enacted into law.
With the law now seemingly settled, defendants are just beginning to grapple with this legislation, including developing long-term strategies for managing disclosures, taking stock of insurance-related information to get ahead of disclosure obligations, and initiating conversations with insurance coverage counsel, brokers and insurers. Until New York courts provide more direction regarding the application of the law, advance preparation and planning by policyholders to satisfy the legislation’s requirements will be key.
As indicated above, the Comprehensive Insurance Disclosure Act was amended shortly after its passage. Three of these amendments in particular are worth noting. First, where the original version of the law was retroactive in applying to all existing lawsuits, the law now is limited to only those lawsuits filed on or after January 1, 2022. Second, defendants now have 90, rather than 60, days after service of an Answer to disclose the insurance-related information required by the law. Third, the law is no longer confined to policies sold or delivered in New York; instead, defendants must disclose responsive policies regardless of where the policy was procured or delivered.Continue Reading Policyholders grapple with strategies for responding to New York’s new insurance disclosure law