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§ 8-320. Enforcement of subtitle

West's Annotated Code of MarylandInsuranceEffective: October 1, 2019

West's Annotated Code of Maryland
Insurance (Refs & Annos)
Title 8. Entities that Act as Insurers
Subtitle 3. Third Party Administrators (Refs & Annos)
Effective: October 1, 2019
MD Code, Insurance, § 8-320
§ 8-320. Enforcement of subtitle
In general
(a) To enforce this subtitle and any regulation adopted under it, the Commissioner may issue an order that requires the violator to:
(1) cease and desist from the violation and further similar violations; and
(2) take specific affirmative action to correct the violation, including:
(i) the restitution of money, property, or other assets to a person aggrieved by the violation;
(ii) the restoration to the plan or the life insurer of profits realized by the administrator that have been made through use of assets of the plan or the life insurer by the administrator; and
(iii) the removal of the administrator that committed the violation.
Petitions filed in circuit court
(b)(1) The Commissioner may file a petition in the circuit court of any county to enforce an order issued under this section.
(2) In an action brought by the Commissioner under this section, the Commissioner may recover for the use of the State reasonable attorney's fees and the costs of the action.
Civil penalties imposed by Commissioner
(c)(1) In addition to any other enforcement action taken by the Commissioner under this section, the Commissioner may impose a civil penalty of not more than $10,000 for each violation of this subtitle.
(2) Notwithstanding paragraph (1) of this subsection, the Commissioner may impose a civil penalty of not more than $1,000 per day for each day that a person is in violation of § 8-303(a) of this subtitle.
(3) In determining the amount of the civil penalty imposed under this subsection, the Commissioner shall consider:
(i) the seriousness of the violation;
(ii) the good faith of the violator;
(iii) the violator's history of previous violations;
(iv) the deleterious effect of the violation on the plan and its participants and beneficiaries;
(v) the assets of the violator; and
(vi) any other factors that relate to the determination of a financial penalty.
Construction with regulatory powers of Commissioner under Title 2
(d) This section does not limit any regulatory power of the Commissioner under Title 2 of this article.

Credits

Added by Acts 1995, c. 36, § 1, eff. Oct. 1, 1997. Amended by Acts 2019, c. 100, § 1, eff. Oct. 1, 2019.
Formerly Art. 48A, § 692.
MD Code, Insurance, § 8-320, MD INSURANCE § 8-320
Current through all legislation from the 2022 Regular Session of the General Assembly. Some statute sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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