1. No Anticompetitive Agreements or Understandings
Neither LOMA nor any committee or activity of LOMA shall be used for the purpose of bringing about or attempting to bring about any agreement, written or oral, formal or informal, express or implied, among competitors regarding:
- Prices, premiums, interest rates, or other terms or conditions of any products to be offered for sale by insurance/financial services companies
- The kinds of products to be offered
- The customers to whom any insurance company product may be sold or
- The territories in which such product may be sold
2. No Discussion of Prices, Interest Rates, etc.
No LOMA activity shall include discussion for any purpose or in any fashion on prices, premiums, interest rates, or other financial terms or conditions of any products to be offered for sale by insurance/financial services companies.
3. No Exchange of Pricing Data
No LOMA committee or group shall undertake any activity which involves exchange or collection and dissemination among competitors of any information regarding prices, premiums, interest rates, or other financial terms or conditions of any products to be offered for sale by insurance/financial services companies.
Projects involving the collection of individual firm statistical data shall involve only aggregate data from past transactions and shall include effective steps to protect against disclosure of individual company product pricing, interest payment, or employee compensation information.
4. Exchange of Cost Information — Prohibited Purposes
No LOMA activity shall include any discussion of costs or any exchange of cost information for the purpose or with the probable effect of:
- Increasing, maintaining, or stabilizing prices, premiums, interest rates, or other terms or conditions of insurance company products;
- Reducing competition with respect to the range or quality of products or services offered by insurance/financial services companies; or
- Promoting agreement among insurance/financial services companies with respect to their selection of products or services for purchase, their choice of suppliers, or the prices they will pay for products or services, including commissions for the services of commissioned agents.
5. Published Papers
Papers published by LOMA or presented in connection with LOMA programs should not discuss or refer to prices, premiums, interest rates, or other financial terms or conditions of insurance products offered for sale by insurance/financial services companies. Reference to costs in such papers should not be accompanied by any suggestion, express or implied, that premiums, interest rates, or other terms or conditions of insurance company products should be raised, adjusted, or maintained in order to reflect such costs.
6. Author Notification
Authors of conference papers shall be informed of LOMA’s antitrust compliance rules and the need to comply with these rules in the preparation and presentation of their papers.
7. Exclusion From LOMA Activities
No person shall be arbitrarily or unreasonably excluded from participation in any LOMA committee or activity where such exclusion may impair such person’s ability, or the ability of his or her employer, to compete effectively in the life insurance industry or as a supplier to the life insurance industry.
8. Product Standardization
Neither LOMA nor any LOMA committee or group shall make any effort to bring about the standardization of any insurance/financial product for the purpose or with the effect of preventing the development or sale of any product not conforming to a specified standard.
9. Independent Dealings with Suppliers
No LOMA activity or communication shall include any agreement, or any discussion which might be construed as an agreement, to collectively refrain from purchasing any equipment, services, or supplies from any supplier.
NOTE: All participants in LOMA activities are expected to comply with the foregoing rules and LOMA’s antitrust policy during informal discussions at the site of LOMA meetings as well as formal LOMA activities.
* A trade association and its members may lawfully discuss the economy or industrywide developments such as the prospect of long-term low interest rates, compare their own forecasts for the purposes of improving forecasts, and generally discuss potential strategies for addressing market conditions along the lines of sharing best practices. Members of LOMA should avoid turning their discussions into seeking consensus on product-specific responses affecting the availability of product lines or specific pricing terms.