New Jersey Revised Statutes § 13:1k-28 - Insurance Information Release

13:1K-28. Insurance information release
a. The department may institute an administrative procedure to determine whether an owner of a facility which generates, stores, or handles any extraordinarily hazardous substances should be required to authorize the insurance carrier or carriers which underwrite environmental liability or workers' compensation insurance for that facility to release to the department information relevant to the risks posed by the facility's management of the substance or substances. If so authorized, the insurance carrier or carriers shall release the information within the period of time established by the department, but in no case less than two weeks.

b. An insurance carrier or its representative shall not be held liable in a civil proceeding for any statement made or action taken voluntarily or in response to an authorization or request from the client facility pursuant to this section unless actual malice on the part of the insurer or its representative is present. This immunity shall extend to protect an insurance carrier or its representative from being held liable to any party who sustains any loss or injury as a direct or consequential result of the carrier's or its representative's compliance, noncompliance, or attempt to comply with this act.

c. The department is authorized to disclose information obtained from an insurance carrier or its representative pursuant to this section only to its own employees or agents to assist in enforcing the provisions of this act, or for use in a civil or criminal proceeding, if so ordered by a court.

d. A person who, as required by this section, knowingly and willfully refuses to release information required under this act, or fails to hold information received under this act in confidence, is liable for a penalty not to exceed $5,000.00, to be collected and enforced in a summary manner under "the penalty enforcement law" (N.J.S. 2A:58-1 et seq.). The proceedings may be brought by the department or by a person or an insurer injured by a failure to keep the information confidential. If a money judgment is rendered against the defendant, it shall be paid to the plaintiff. A reasonable and good faith effort to comply with the provisions of this section shall be a defense to an alleged violation of this section.

L. 1985, c. 403, s. 10, eff. Jan. 8, 1986.

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