Best’s Commentary: Stock Market Frenzy Will Add to Insurers’ Social Inflation Pressures

OLDWICK, N.J.--()--AM Best is of the view that insurers providing directors and officers (D&O) insurance coverage for Robinhood, the free trading app facing class-action lawsuits for restricting stock purchases, could face steep defense and containment costs.

Stock market volatility is a major driver of shareholder litigation, especially D&O claims. Disclosures provided by Robinhood will be under intense scrutiny by lawyers following the recent stock market frenzy surrounding GameStop, AMC and other stocks, although court decisions over the lawsuits likely will take a long time to be resolved. Defense and containment costs and social inflation, including increased jury awards due to anti-corporate sentiment and evolving jury demographics, are already creating pressure on D&O and professional liability insurers. This trend is likely to be exacerbated by the increasing backlash following a number of negative headlines.

In its Best's Commentary, “Stock Market Frenzy Will Add to Social Inflation Pressures,” AM Best notes that some D&O insurance provides for government investigations if individual directors are the target of the investigations. If Congress issues requests for documents or subpoenas, these expenses may be covered by the D&O policy. Additionally, according to the commentary, the overlap between D&O policies and cyber policies could also be tested.

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Contacts

Christopher Graham
Senior Industry Analyst
+1 908 439 2200, ext. 5743
christopher.graham@ambest.com

Sridhar Manyem
Director, Industry Research
and Analytics
+1 908 439 2200, ext. 5612
sridhar.manyem@ambest.com

Christopher Sharkey
Manager, Public Relations
+1 908 439 2200, ext. 5159
christopher.sharkey@ambest.com

Jim Peavy
Director, Communications
+1 908 439 2200, ext. 5644
james.peavy@ambest.com