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Title XXIV BUSINESS AND FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS

Chapter 376

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  376.1094.  Certificate of authority, suspension or revocation, grounds — civil action, when. — 1.  The director shall suspend or revoke the certificate of authority of an administrator if the director finds that the administrator:

  (1)  Is in an unsound financial condition;

  (2)  Is using such methods or practices in the conduct of its business so as to render its further transaction of business in this state hazardous or injurious to insured persons or the public; or

  (3)  Has failed to satisfy any judgment rendered against it in this state within sixty days after the judgment has become final.

  2.  The director may, in his discretion, suspend or revoke the certificate of authority of an administrator if the director finds that the administrator or any of its officers, directors or any individual responsible for the conduct of its affairs as described in subdivision (3) of subsection 2 of section 376.1092:

  (1)  Has violated any lawful rule or order of the director or any provision of the insurance laws of this state;

  (2)  Has refused to be examined or to produce its accounts, records and files for examination, or if any of its officers has refused to give information with respect to its affairs or has refused to perform any other legal obligation as to such examination, when required by the director;

  (3)  Has, without just cause, refused to pay proper claims or perform services arising under its contracts or has, without just cause, caused covered individuals to accept less than the amount due them or caused covered individuals to employ attorneys or bring suit against the administrator to secure full payment or settlement of such claims;

  (4)  Is affiliated with or under the same general management or interlocking directorate or ownership as another administrator or insurer which unlawfully transacts business in this state without having a certificate of authority;

  (5)  At any time fails to meet any qualification for which issuance of the certificate could have been refused had such failure then existed and been known to the department;

  (6)  Has been convicted of, or has entered a plea of guilty or nolo contendere to, a felony without regard to whether adjudication was withheld;

  (7)  Is not competent, trustworthy, financially responsible or of good personal and business reputation, has had an insurance or administrator license denied for cause by any state or been subject to any form of administrative, civil or criminal action by any federal or state agency or court resulting in some form of discipline or sanction; or

  (8)  Is under suspension or revocation in another state.

  3.  The director may, in his discretion and without advance notice or hearing thereon, immediately suspend the certificate of any administrator if the director finds that one or more of the following circumstances exist:

  (1)  The administrator is insolvent or impaired;

  (2)  A proceeding for receivership, conservatorship, rehabilitation, or other delinquency proceeding regarding the administrator has been commenced in any state;

  (3)  The financial condition or business practices of the administrator otherwise poses an imminent threat to the public health, safety or welfare of the residents of this state.

  4.  If the director determines that a person has engaged, is engaging in, or has taken a substantial step toward engaging in an act, practice or course of business constituting a violation of sections 376.1075 to 376.1095 or a rule adopted or order issued pursuant thereto, or that a person has materially aided or is materially aiding an act, practice, omission, or course of business constituting a violation of sections 376.1075 to 376.1095 or a rule adopted or order issued pursuant thereto, the director may issue such administrative orders as authorized under section 374.046. A violation of any of these sections is a level three violation under section 374.049.

  5.  If the director believes that a person has engaged, is engaging in, or has taken a substantial step toward engaging in an act, practice or course of business constituting a violation of sections 376.1075 to 376.1095 or a rule adopted or order issued pursuant thereto, or that a person has materially aided or is materially aiding an act, practice, omission, or course of business constituting a violation of sections 376.1075 to 376.1095 or a rule adopted or order issued pursuant thereto, the director may maintain a civil action for relief authorized under section 374.048. A violation of any of these sections is a level three violation under section 374.049.

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(L. 1993 H.B. 709 § 53, A.L. 2007 S.B. 66)


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