Citibank hit with $18 million flood insurance penalty

Flood insurance penalty - Citibank building

A U.S. banking regulator requires the bank to pay the fine for failure to comply with coverage requirements. The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency announced this week that it was issuing a flood insurance penalty to Citibank. The bank was reprimanded for having failed to comply with mandatory flooding coverage regulations. The fine is reported to be $18 million as a result of mandatory flood coverage purchase delays. The U.S. banking regulator hit Citibank with the flood insurance penalty in response to mandatory coverage purchasing for properties where…

Read More

Force placed insurance lawsuit causes Citi to pay $110 million

Force placed insurance

Citigroup Inc. has agreed to pay the money to thousands of homeowners who had been overcharged. According to recent news, Citigroup Inc. has now agreed to a payout of $110 million to thousands of homeowners who had force placed insurance applied to them when the allowed their own coverage to lapse or they stopped making payments. The forcibly charged property coverage came with highly expensive premiums, said a court filing. This trend of force placed insurance lawsuits has been spreading across the United States, as many American insurers and banks…

Read More

Shipping insurance ban may not have an impact on the oil market

oil insurance news

Sanctions loom but analysts suggest a modest impact In approximately two weeks, the European Union will enact sanctions against Iran that will ban insurance companies from providing coverage for ships carrying oil that was produced in the country. The sanctions have proven to be a controversial topic for many countries that rely heavily on the oil produced in Iran. They have also managed to catch the ire of the shipping insurance industry, 95% of which is based in the United Kingdom. Insurers and politicians have argued that the sanctions will…

Read More

FDIC files lawsuit against large banks responsible for small bank closures

Financial Lyme Disease Insurance News

Large banks accused of causing the failure of Illinois banks The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. (FDIC) has filed lawsuits against several large banks this week after seizing control of two smaller banks in Illinois. These banks failed in May of 2009, but the FDIC only recently filed civil suits against the banks once its investigation into the matter came to a conclusion. The lawsuit names Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, Credit Suisse, Deutche Bank, Royal Bank of Scotland, UBS and HSBC as defendant in the case. FDIC aims to recover…

Read More

New York regulators pressure Citigroup to comply with subpoena

New York insurance regulators are pressuring Citigroup to comply with a subpoena regarding investigations into force-placed insurance. Force-placed insurance has long been a source of controversy. These policies require homeowners to purchase coverage that is much more expensive than conventional policies. This is often done for the sake of lenders who hold sway with insurance companies and the tactic is used to secure returns on these investments. The New York Department of Financial Services has been investigating a number of insurance companies and financial institutions that may have been conducting…

Read More