17:22D-5. Noncompliance; penalties
5. a. (1) Upon a finding that the controlling producer or any other person has not complied with this act, or any regulation or order promulgated hereunder, the commissioner, after notice and opportunity to be heard, may order the controlling producer to cease placing business with the controlled insurer.
(2) Upon a finding that the controlled insurer or any policyholder thereof has suffered any loss or damage as the result of any noncompliance with the provisions of this act, the commissioner may maintain a civil action or intervene in an action brought by or on behalf of the insurer or policyholder for recovery of compensatory damages for the benefit of the insurer or policyholder or other appropriate relief.
b. If an order for rehabilitation or liquidation of the controlled insurer has been entered pursuant to the laws of this State governing the rehabilitation and liquidation of insurers, and the receiver appointed under that order believes that the controlling producer or any other person has not complied with this act, or any regulation or order promulgated hereunder, and the controlled insurer suffered any loss or damage therefrom, the receiver may maintain a civil action for recovery of damages or other appropriate sanctions for the benefit of the controlled insurer.
c. Upon a finding, after notice and opportunity for a hearing, that any person has violated any provision of this act, the commissioner may refuse to issue or renew the producer's license, or may revoke or suspend the producer's license.
d. In addition, or as an alternative to any other penalty, the commissioner may impose a fine of up to $5,000.00 for the first violation, and not exceeding $10,000.00 for each subsequent violation, and in appropriate circumstances order restitution of moneys owed to any person and reimbursement of the costs of investigation and prosecution.
e. Upon a finding that the interests of the public require that immediate action be taken prior to completion of the hearing, the making of a determination and the entry of a final order, the commissioner may enter an appropriate order to be effective pending completion of the hearing and entry of a final order. These orders may be entered on ex parte proofs if the proofs indicate that the commissioner's withholding of any action until completion of a full hearing will be harmful to the public interest. Orders issued pursuant to this section shall be subject to an application to vacate upon 10 days' notice, and a preliminary hearing on the ex parte order shall be held in any event within 20 days after it is entered. In the alternative, or in addition, the commissioner may institute a proceeding in the Superior Court, to be conducted in a summary manner, for an injunction against specified acts or conduct in aid of the proceedings pending before him, including temporary injunctions and interim restraints.
f. Nothing contained in this section shall affect the right of the commissioner to impose any other penalties provided for by the laws of this State.
g. Nothing contained in this section is intended to or shall in any manner alter or affect the rights of policyholders, claimants, creditors or other third parties.
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