Rhode Island Property And Casualty Insurance Guaranty Association

SECTION 27-34-11.5

§ 27-34-11.5. Net worth exclusion.

(a) For purposes of this section "high net worth insured" shall mean any insured, excluding state and local governments, whose net worth exceeds fifty million dollars ($50,000,000) on December 31 of the year prior to the year in which the insurer becomes an insolvent insurer; provided that an insured's net worth on that date shall be deemed to include the aggregate net worth of the insured and all of its subsidiaries and affiliates as calculated on a consolidated basis.

(b)(1) The association shall not be obligated to pay any first-party claims by a high net worth insured.

(2) The association shall have the right to recover from the high net worth insured all amounts paid by the association to or on behalf of such insured, whether for indemnity, defense or otherwise.

(c) The association shall not be obligated to pay any claim that would otherwise be a covered claim that is an obligation to or on behalf of a person who has a net worth greater than that allowed by the insurance guaranty association law of the state of residence of the claimant at the time specified by that state's applicable law, and which association has denied coverage to that claimant on that basis.

(d) The association shall establish reasonable procedures subject to the approval of the commissioner for requesting financial information from insureds on a confidential basis for purposes of applying this section, provided that the financial information may be shared with any other association similar to the association and the liquidator for the insolvent insurer on the same confidential basis. Any request to an insured seeking financial information must advise the insured of the consequences of failing to provide the financial information. If an insured refuses to provide the requested financial information where it is requested and available, the association may, until such time as the information is provided, provisionally deem the insured to be a high net worth insured for the purpose of denying a claim under subsection (b) of this section.

(e) In any lawsuit contesting the applicability of this section where the insured has refused to provide financial information under the procedure established pursuant to subsection (d) of this section, the insured shall bear the burden of proof concerning its net worth at the relevant time. If the insured fails to prove that its net worth at the relevant time was less than the applicable amount, the court shall award the association its full costs, expenses and reasonable attorney's fees in contesting the claim.

History of Section.
(P.L. 2010, ch. 91, § 3; P.L. 2010, ch. 117, § 3.)