§ 323.4. Conduct of examinations
Purdon's Pennsylvania Statutes and Consolidated StatutesTitle 40 P.S. Insurance
40 P.S. § 323.4
§ 323.4. Conduct of examinations
(a) Upon determining that an examination should be conducted, the commissioner or his designee shall issue an examination warrant appointing one or more examiners to perform the examination and instructing them as to the scope of the examination. In conducting the examination, the examiner shall observe those guidelines and procedures set forth in the Examiners' Handbook adopted by the NAIC. The department may also employ such other guidelines or procedures as it may deem appropriate.
(b) Every company or person from whom information is sought, its officers, directors and agents must provide to the examiners appointed under subsection (a) timely, convenient and free access at all reasonable hours at its offices to all books, records, accounts, papers, documents and any or all computer or other recordings relating to the property, assets, business and affairs of the company being examined. The officers, directors, employes and agents of the company or person must facilitate such examination and aid in such examination so far as it is in their power to do so. The refusal of any company by its officers, directors, employes or agents to submit to examination or to comply with any reasonable written request of the examiners shall be grounds for suspension or refusal of or nonrenewal of any license or authority held by the company to engage in an insurance or other business subject to the department's jurisdiction. Any such proceedings for suspension, revocation or refusal of any license or authority shall be conducted pursuant to 2 Pa.C.S. (relating to administrative law and procedure).
(c) The commissioner or any of his examiners shall have the power to issue subpoenas, to administer oaths and to examine under oath any person as to any matter pertinent to the examination. Upon the failure or refusal of any person to obey a subpoena, the department may petition a court of competent jurisdiction, and, upon proper showing, the court may enter any order compelling the witness to appear and testify or produce documentary evidence. Failure to obey the court order shall be punishable as contempt of court.
(d) When making an examination under this article, the department may retain attorneys, appraisers, independent actuaries, independent certified public accountants or other professionals and specialists as examiners, the cost of which shall be borne by the company which is the subject of the examination.
(e) Nothing contained in this article shall be construed to limit the department's authority to terminate or suspend any examination in order to pursue other legal or regulatory action pursuant to the insurance laws of this Commonwealth. Findings of fact and conclusions made pursuant to any examination shall be prima facie evidence in any legal or regulatory action.
(f) Nothing contained in this article shall be construed to limit the department's authority to use and, if appropriate, to make public any final or preliminary examination report, any examiner or company workpapers or other documents or any other information discovered or developed during the course of any examination in the furtherance of any legal or regulatory action which the commissioner may, in his sole discretion, deem appropriate.
1921, May 17, P.L. 789, No. 285, art. IX, § 904, added 1992, Dec. 18, P.L. 1496, No. 177, § 12, effective in 120 days.
40 P.S. § 323.4, PA ST 40 P.S. § 323.4
Current through 2018 Regular Session Act 16
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