UNAUTHORIZED INSURERS AND SURPLUS LINES
41-1231. Legal process against surplus line insurer. (1) An unauthorized insurer shall be sued, upon any cause of action arising in this state under any contract issued by it as a surplus line contract pursuant to this law, in the district court of the county in which the cause of action arose.
(2) Service of legal process against the insurer may be made in any such action by service upon the director as provided in section 41-334(1)[, Idaho Code]. The director shall forthwith mail a copy of the process served to the person designated by the insurer in the policy for the purpose, by prepaid registered mail with return receipt requested. The insurer shall have thirty (30) days from the date of service upon the director within which to plead, answer, or otherwise defend the action. Upon service of process upon the director in accordance with this provision, the court shall be deemed to have jurisdiction in personam of the insurer.
(3) An unauthorized insurer issuing such policy shall be deemed thereby to have authorized service of process against it in the manner and to the effect as provided in this section. Any such policy shall contain a provision stating the substance of this section, and designating the person to whom the director shall mail process as provided in subsection (2) of this section.
[41-1231, added 1961, ch. 330, sec. 275, p. 645.]