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Title 8 : Banking and Insurance



(Cite as: 8 V.S.A. § 3429)
  • § 3429. Rights of dissenting members or policyholders

    If not less than five percent of the members or policyholders in a mutual insurer, who did not vote in favor of such merger or consolidation at the meeting at which the agreement of merger or consolidation was adopted by the members or policyholders of such insurer, shall at any time within 30 days after the filing of the affidavit of notice of the adoption of the agreement of merger or consolidation as provided for in sections 3424 and 3425 of this title, file a petition with the Commissioner for a hearing upon the adoption of such agreement of merger or consolidation, the Commissioner shall order a hearing upon said petition and give notice fixing the time and place of such hearing, to the insurers which are parties to the merger or consolidation 15 days before the date of such hearing. The insurer whose policyholders file such petition shall give notice by mail to each member or policyholder of such insurer, at least 10 days before such hearing. At the time and place fixed in such notice, or at the time or times and place or places to which such hearing shall be adjourned, the Commissioner shall proceed with the hearing and make or order such examination into the affairs and condition of each of such insurers as he or she may deem proper. The Commissioner shall have the power to summon and compel the attendance and testimony of witnesses and the production of books and papers before him or her at such hearing. Any member or policyholder, as the case may be, of the insurer so petitioning may appear before the Commissioner and be heard with reference to said contract. If, upon such hearing being had, the Commissioner is not satisfied that the interests of the members or policyholders, as the case may be, of such insurer are properly protected, or if he or she finds that any reasonable objection exists to such contract, he or she shall revoke the approval already given, and the said agreement of merger or consolidation shall thereupon become null and void. The Commissioner shall have like power to revoke any approval of any such agreement of merger or consolidation if any officer, director, or employee of any insurer party to such agreement of merger or consolidation shall, after reasonable notice, fail or refuse to attend and testify at such hearing, or to produce any books or papers called for by said Commissioner. (Added 1967, No. 344 (Adj. Sess.), § 1 (ch. 1, subch. 4, § 8).)