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New York Legislation Requiring Disclosure of Insurance Information Likely to Change

January 7, 2022

Yesterday, we reported on New York’s recently enacted Comprehensive Insurance Disclosure Act, signed into law by Governor Kathy Hochul. We note that the Governor’s agreement to sign the legislation was accompanied by an approval memorandum, which explained that Governor Hochul signed the legislation based on “an agreement with the Legislature to ensure that the scope of the insurance coverage information that parties must provide is properly tailored for the intended purpose, which is to insure that parties in a litigation are correctly informed about the limits of potential insurance coverage.” 

While the details are still being worked out and final language is not yet available, the agreement between the Legislature and the Governor, on which the law was premised, will narrow the insurance information that defendants will have to provide. In addition, we understand that the legislation will apply prospectively only to lawsuits filed after January 1, 2022, and not to actions that were already pending when the legislation went into effect on December 31, 2021. 

With the understanding that the new insurance information requirements will apply only to actions filed after January 1, 2022, we expect that more information about the parameters of the requirements will be available before the deadlines arrive for compliance with the new law. Specifically, since a defendant has 20 days to answer or otherwise respond to a complaint under New York civil procedure rules, and the information is required within 60 days of a policyholder’s answer being filed, the earliest possible date on which the disclosures would be required is approximately March 25, 2022. By that time, we hope the precise scope of the insurance information that must be provided in order to comply with the new law will be established. Crowell & Moring LLP will continue to monitor developments, and will update you as those details become available.

For more information, please contact the professional(s) listed below, or your regular Crowell & Moring contact.

Laura Foggan
Partner – Washington, D.C.
Phone: +1.202.624.2774
Miranda H. Turner
Partner – Washington, D.C.
Phone: +1.202.624.2659
Kelly H. Tsai
Senior Counsel – New York
Phone: +1.212.803.4069
Jamie M. Zeevi
Associate – New York
Phone: +1.212.895.4308