AUTHORIZATION OF INSURERS AND GENERAL REQUIREMENTS
41-327. Administrative penalty — Suspension or revocation of certificate of authority — Discretionary and special grounds. (1) The director may, in his discretion, impose an administrative penalty not to exceed five thousand dollars ($5,000) for deposit in the general fund of the state of Idaho, or refuse to continue or suspend or revoke an insurer’s certificate of authority if he finds after a hearing thereon that the insurer has violated or failed to comply with any lawful order of the director, or any provision of this code other than those for which suspension or revocation is mandatory.
(2) The director shall suspend or revoke an insurer’s certificate of authority on any of the following grounds if he finds after a hearing thereon that the insurer:
(a) Is in unsound condition, or in such condition or using such methods and practices in the conduct of its business as to render its further transaction of insurance in this state hazardous or injurious to its policyholders or to the public.
(b) Has failed, after written request therefor by the director, to remove or discharge an officer or director who has been convicted of any crime involving fraud, dishonesty, or that is otherwise deemed relevant in accordance with section 67-9411(1), Idaho Code.
(c) With such frequency as to indicate its general business practice in this state, has without just cause refused to pay claims arising under coverages provided by its policies, whether the claim is in favor of an insured or is in favor of a third person with respect to the liability of an insured to such third person, or, with like frequency, without just cause compels insureds or claimants to accept less than the amount due them or to employ attorneys or to bring suit against the insurer or such an insured to obtain full payment or settlement of such claims.
(d) Is affiliated with and under the same general management, or interlocking directorate, or ownership as another insurer which transacts direct insurance in this state without having a certificate of authority therefor, except as permitted under this code.
(e) Refuses to be examined, or if its directors, officers, employees, or representatives refuse to submit to examination relative to its affairs, or to produce its accounts, records, and files for examination by the director when required, or refuses to perform any legal obligation relative to the examination.
(f) Has failed to pay any final judgment rendered against it in this state upon any policy, bond, recognizance, or undertaking issued or guaranteed by it within thirty (30) days after the judgment became final, or within thirty (30) days after time for taking an appeal has expired, or within thirty (30) days after dismissal of an appeal before final determination, whichever date is latest.
(3) The director may, in his discretion and without advance notice or a hearing thereon, immediately suspend the certificate of authority of any insurer as to which proceedings for receivership, conservatorship, rehabilitation, or other delinquency proceedings have been commenced in any state by the public insurance supervisory official of such state.
[41-327, added 1961, ch. 330, sec. 89, p. 645; am. 1975, ch. 246, sec. 1, p. 658; am. 2020, ch. 175, sec. 6, p. 509.]