60A.209 INSURANCE PROCURED FROM INELIGIBLE INSURERS.
Subdivision 1. Authorization; regulation.
A resident of this state may obtain insurance
from an ineligible surplus lines insurer in this state through a surplus lines licensee. The licensee
shall first attempt to place the insurance with a licensed insurer, or if that is not possible, with an
eligible surplus lines insurer. If coverage is not obtainable from a licensed insurer or an eligible
surplus lines insurer, the licensee shall certify to the commissioner, on a form prescribed by
the commissioner, that these attempts were made. Upon obtaining coverage from an ineligible
surplus lines insurer, the licensee shall:
(a) Have printed, typed, or stamped in red ink upon the face of the policy in not less than
10-point type the following notice: "THIS INSURANCE IS ISSUED PURSUANT TO THE
MINNESOTA SURPLUS LINES INSURANCE ACT. THIS INSURANCE IS PLACED WITH
AN INSURER THAT IS NOT LICENSED BY THE STATE NOR RECOGNIZED BY THE
COMMISSIONER OF COMMERCE AS AN ELIGIBLE SURPLUS LINES INSURER. IN
CASE OF ANY DISPUTE RELATIVE TO THE TERMS OR CONDITIONS OF THE POLICY
OR THE PRACTICES OF THE INSURER, THE COMMISSIONER OF COMMERCE WILL
NOT BE ABLE TO ASSIST IN THE DISPUTE. IN CASE OF INSOLVENCY, PAYMENT
OF CLAIMS IS NOT GUARANTEED." The notice may not be covered or concealed in any
(b) Collect from the insured appropriate premium taxes and report the transaction to the
commissioner of revenue on a form prescribed by the commissioner. If the insured fails to pay the
taxes when due, the insured shall be subject to a civil fine of not more than $3,000, plus accrued
interest from the inception of the insurance.
Subd. 2. Penalty.
Except as provided in this section, a person who assists or in any manner
aids directly or indirectly in the procurement of insurance from an ineligible surplus lines insurer
in this state is guilty of a misdemeanor, punishable by imprisonment for not more than one year,
or by a fine of not more than $1,000, or both.
Subd. 3. Duty to report.
Each insured in this state who procures, causes to be procured, or
continues or renews insurance with an ineligible surplus lines insurer or any self-insurer in this
state who procures or continues excess of loss, catastrophe, or other insurance upon a subject of
insurance resident, located, or to be performed within this state, other than insurance procured
pursuant to section
or subdivision 1 must file with the commissioner of revenue all
returns and pay to the commissioner of revenue all amounts required under chapter 297I.
Subd. 4.[Repealed, 2000 c 394 art 2 s 28
Subd. 5.[Repealed, 2000 c 394 art 2 s 28
Subd. 6. Ineligible surplus lines insurers; liability on policies or contracts.
respect to placement pursuant to section
60A.198, subdivision 4
, if an ineligible insurer offering
benefits under a written contract which constitutes the transaction of insurance or which offers
benefits substantially similar to benefits under policies of insurance, whether or not the benefits
are identified or described as insurance, fails to pay a claim or loss within the provision of the
contract, any person who assisted or aided, directly or indirectly, in the procurement of the
contract shall be liable to the person to whom the obligations are owed for the full amount of the
claim or loss, in the manner provided by the contract.
History: 1981 c 221 s 14; 1983 c 289 s 114 subd 1; 1984 c 628 art 3 s 11; 1984 c 655 art 1 s
92; 1987 c 268 art 2 s 11,12; 2000 c 394 art 2 s 8