Spirit Commercial RRG’s Total Unpaid Loss and LAE at $199 Million

The tenth status report for the liquidation of Spirit Commercial Auto Risk Retention Group (Spirit) was issued by Special Deputy Receiver (SDR) Cantilo & Bennett, L.L.P. on July 7, 2021. The report includes the first estimate of unpaid liabilities at Spirit. Actuarial firm Oliver Wyman set the total unpaid loss and loss adjustment expenses for Spirit at $198.7 million. That …

Vermont Captive Insurance at 40: A Look Back at the History and the People

Vermont is celebrating its 40th anniversary as a captive domicile this year. The Risk Retention Reporter spoke with captive managers and regulators to trace the history of Vermont as a captive domicile, from the years leading up to the passage of Special Insurer Act of 1981 to the emergence of risk retention groups in 1987 through to the work being …

Management and Regulators Contribute to Spirit Commercial RRG’s Mounting Troubles

Editor’s Note: This article is a reprint of an investigative report that ran in the February 2019 issue of the Risk Retention Reporter. In April 2021, liquidation proceedings involving Spirit Commercial Auto Risk Retention Group were appealed to the Nevada Court. This article was cited in the Writ of Mandamus filed by Nevada Commissioner of Insurance Barbara Richardson. Given that, …

Risk Retention Groups and Purchasing Groups: A Guide

Besieged by pleas from business people and municipalities across the United States who were unable to obtain or afford liability insurance during the mid-1980’s, Congress responded by enacting amendments to the 1981 Product Liability Risk Retention Act. The new legislation, known as the Federal Liability Risk Retention Act of 1986 (LRRA), created two vehicles by which insurance buyers could more …

Can RRGs Meet the Need for Commercial Auto Coverage?

The Transportation sector continues to drive new risk retention group formations. Of the eight new risk retention group formations thus far in 2020, five are Transportation risk retention groups. This suggests there is a need for commercial auto liability coverage, much as there was a need for medical professional lines of coverage in the years following the passage of 1986 Liability …