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The Vermont Statutes Online

The Vermont Statutes Online have been updated to include the actions of the 2023 session of the General Assembly.

NOTE: The Vermont Statutes Online is an unofficial copy of the Vermont Statutes Annotated that is provided as a convenience.

Title 8 : Banking and Insurance

Chapter 103 : Life Insurance Policies and Annuity Contracts

Subchapter 005B : Life Settlements

(Cite as: 8 V.S.A. § 3840)
  • § 3840. Investigations and examinations

    (a) The Commissioner, in addition to all powers granted pursuant to chapter 1 of this title, may examine the business and affairs of any licensee or applicant for a license whenever he or she deems it to be prudent for the protection of policyholders or the public. The Commissioner shall have the authority to examine any person and to order the production of any records, books, files or other information reasonably necessary to ascertain whether the licensee or applicant is acting or has acted in violation of the law or otherwise contrary to the interests of the public. The expenses incurred in conducting any examination shall be paid by the licensee or applicant.

    (b) A person required to be licensed by this subchapter shall for five years following the death of the insured retain copies of all:

    (1) proposed, offered, or executed contracts, purchase agreements, underwriting documents, policy forms, and applications from the date of the proposal, offer, or execution of the contract or purchase agreement, whichever is later;

    (2) all checks, drafts, or other evidence and documentation related to the payment, transfer, deposit, or release of funds from the date of the transaction; and

    (3) all other records and documents related to the requirements of this subchapter.

    (c) Except as otherwise provided in this subchapter, all examination reports, working papers, recorded information, documents and copies thereof produced by, obtained by, or disclosed to the Commissioner or any other person in the course of an examination or investigation made under this subchapter or in the course of analysis or investigation by the Commissioner of the financial condition or market conduct of a licensee shall be confidential by law and privileged, shall not be subject to disclosure as a public record under 1 V.S.A. § 317, shall not be subject to subpoena, and shall not be subject to discovery or admissible in evidence in any private civil action. The Commissioner is authorized to use the documents, materials, or other information in the furtherance of any regulatory or legal action brought as part of the Commissioner’s official duties.

    (d) The expense incurred in conducting any examination shall be paid by the licensee or applicant. (Added 2009, No. 53, § 1, eff. Jan. 1, 2010.)