§ 27-14.3-37. Recovery of premiums owed.
(a)(1) An agent or insurance producer, broker, premium finance company, or any other person, other than the insured, responsible for the payment of a premium shall be obligated to pay any collected earned premiums and any unearned commissions due the insurer at the time of the declaration of insolvency as shown on the records of the insurer. The agent or insurance producer, broker, solicitor or other person responsible for the payment of a premium shall remit unearned premiums in his or her possession to the insured who paid them, or with the written approval of the insured, purchase new coverage for the insured with a different insurer. Credits or setoffs or both shall not be allowed to an agent or insurance producer, broker or premium finance company for any amounts advanced to the insurer by the agent or insurance producer, broker, or premium finance company on behalf of, but in the absence of a payment by, the insured;
(2) An insured shall be obligated to pay any unpaid earned premium due the insurer at the time of the declaration of insolvency, as shown on the records of the insurer.
(b) Upon satisfactory evidence of a violation of this section, the commissioner may pursue either one or both of the following courses of action:
(1) Suspend or revoke or refuse to renew the licenses of the offending party or parties; and/or
(2) Impose a penalty of not more than one thousand dollars ($1,000) for each and every act in violation of this section by the party or parties.
(c) Before the commissioner shall take any action as set forth in subsection (b) of this section, he or she shall give written notice to the person, company, association, or exchange accused of violating the law, stating specifically the nature of the alleged violation and fixing a time and place, at least ten (10) days after this, when a hearing on the matter shall be held. After the hearing, or upon the failure of the accused to appear at the hearing, the commissioner, if he or she shall find a violation, shall impose any of the penalties under subsection (b) of this section as he or she deems advisable.
(d) When the commissioner shall take action in any or all of the ways set out in subsection (b) of this section, the party aggrieved may appeal from the action to the superior court for the county of Providence.
(P.L. 1993, ch. 248, § 1.)