The Vermont Statutes Online
Subchapter 002 : FOREIGN AND ALIEN COMPANIES LICENSING AND REGULATION(Cite as: 8 V.S.A. § 3370)
§ 3370. Service of process upon unauthorized insurer by director
(a) Any act of entering into a contract of insurance as an insurer or transacting insurance business in this State as set forth in subsection (b) of section 3368 of this title, by an unauthorized foreign or alien insurer is equivalent to and shall constitute an appointment by such insurer, of the Secretary of State and his or her successor or successors in office, to be its true and lawful attorney upon whom may be served all lawful process in any action or proceeding against it, arising out of a violation of section 3368 of this title, and the commission of any of these acts constitutes an agreement that any such process so served shall be of the same legal force and validity as if served upon the insurer.
(b) Service of such process shall be made by delivering and leaving with the Secretary of State two copies thereof and the payment to the Secretary of State of the fee prescribed by law. The Secretary of State shall forthwith mail by registered mail one of the copies of such process to such insurer at its last known principal place of business, and shall keep a record of all process so served upon him or her. Such process shall be sufficient service upon such insurer provided notice of such service and a copy of the process are, within 14 days thereafter, sent by registered mail or on behalf of the director to such insurer at its last known principal place of business, and such insurer's receipt and the affidavit of compliance herewith by or on behalf of the director are filed with the clerk of the court in which such action or proceeding is pending on or before the return date of such process or within such further time as the court may allow.
(c)(1) The court in any action or proceeding in which service is made in the manner provided in subsection (b) of this section may, in its discretion, order such postponement as may be necessary to afford such insurer reasonable opportunity to defend such action or proceeding.
(2) Nothing in this section is to be construed to prevent an unauthorized foreign or alien insurer from filing a motion to quash a writ or to set aside service thereof made in the manner provided in subsection (b) of this section on the ground that such unauthorized insurer has not done any of the acts referred to in subsection (a) of this section.
(d) No judgment by default shall be entered in any such action or proceeding until the expiration of 30 days from the date of the filing of the affidavit of compliance.
(e) Nothing in this section contained shall limit or affect the right to serve any process, notice or demand required or permitted by law to be served upon any insurer in any other manner now or hereafter permitted by law. (Added 1967, No. 353 (Adj. Sess.), § 3; amended 2017, No. 11, § 3.)