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Title 8 : Banking and Insurance

Chapter 128 : PROPERTY AND CASUALTY INSURANCE RATE REGULATION

Subchapter 001 : INSURANCE RATES AND STATISTICS

(Cite as: 8 V.S.A. § 4692)
  • § 4692. Joint underwriting; pool and residual market activities

    (a) Authorization. Notwithstanding section 4693 of this title, insurers participating in joint underwriting, pools, or residual market mechanisms for the purpose of affording insurance under a method of distributing or sharing risks, or both, may, in connection with such activity, act in cooperation with each other in the making of rates; rating systems; policy forms; underwriting rules; surveys; inspections and investigations; the furnishing of loss and expense statistics or other information; or carrying on research. Joint underwriting, pools, and residual market mechanisms shall not be deemed advisory or service organizations.

    (b) Regulation.

    (1) Except to the extent modified by this section, insurers participating in joint underwriting, pools, and residual market mechanisms are subject to the other provisions of this chapter.

    (2) If, after a hearing, the Commissioner finds that any activity or practice of an insurer participating in joint underwriting or a pool is unfair or unreasonable, he or she shall issue a written order specifying in what respects such activity or practice is unfair or unreasonable and require the discontinuance of such activity or practice, in addition to any penalties which may be levied.

    (3) Every pool shall file for approval of the Commissioner a copy of its constitution, articles of association or incorporation, its bylaws, rules, and regulations governing its activities; a list of its members; the name and address of one or more residents of this State, or the designation of the Secretary of State as a person, upon whom notices or orders of the Commissioner or process may be served; and any changes or amendments in the foregoing.

    (4) Any residual market mechanism, plan, or agreement to implement such a mechanism, and any amendments thereto, shall be submitted in writing to the Commissioner for consideration and approval, together with such information as the Commissioner may reasonably require. The Commissioner shall approve only such agreements as are found to contemplate the use of rates which meet the standards prescribed by this chapter and activities and practices that are not unfair, unreasonable, or otherwise inconsistent with the provisions of this chapter. At any time after such agreements are in effect, the Commissioner may review the activities and practices of the parties to such agreements and if, after a hearing, the Commissioner finds that any such activity or practice is unfair, unreasonable, or otherwise inconsistent with the provisions of this chapter, the Commissioner shall issue a written order specifying in what respects such activity or practice is unfair, unreasonable, or otherwise inconsistent with the provisions of this chapter and require the discontinuance of such activity or practice or revoke approval of any such agreement. (Added 1983, No. 238 (Adj. Sess.), § 1.)