a.Power of commissioner. In addition to the powers which the commissioner has under other sections of Title 17 of the Revised Statutes and Title 17B of the New Jersey Statutes relating to the examination of insurers, the commissioner shall have the power to examine any insurer registered under section 3 of P.L.1970, c.22 (C.17:27A-3) and its affiliates to ascertain the financial condition of the insurer, including the enterprise risk to the insurer by the ultimate controlling party, or by any entity or combination of entities within the insurance holding company system, or by the insurance holding company system on a consolidated basis.
The commissioner shall also have the power to order any insurer registered under section 3 to produce such records, books, or other information papers in the possession of the insurer or its affiliates as shall be necessary to ascertain the financial condition of the insurer or to determine compliance with P.L.1970, c.22 (C.17:27A-1 et seq.). In the event such insurer fails to comply with such order, the commissioner shall have the power to examine such affiliates to obtain such information.
In addition, to determine compliance with this section, the commissioner may order any insurer registered under section 3 of P.L.1970, c.22 (C.17:27A-3) to produce information not in the possession of the insurer if the insurer can obtain access to that information pursuant to contractual relationships, statutory obligations, or other method. In the event the insurer cannot obtain the information requested by the commissioner, the insurer shall provide to the commissioner a detailed explanation of the reason that the insurer cannot obtain the information and the identity of the holder of the information. Whenever it appears to the commissioner that the detailed explanation is without merit, the commissioner may require the insurer, after notice and opportunity for a hearing, to pay a penalty of up to $5,000 for each day's delay, or may suspend or revoke the insurer's certificate of authority.
b.(Deleted by amendment, P.L.1993, c.241.)
c.Use of consultants. The commissioner may retain at the registered insurer's expense such attorneys, actuaries, accountants and other persons as shall be necessary to assist in the conduct of the examination under subsection a. above. Any persons so retained shall be under the direction and control of the commissioner and shall act in a purely advisory capacity.
d.Expenses. The reasonable expenses of the examination pursuant to subsection a. above shall be fixed and determined by the commissioner, and he shall collect them from the insurer examined, which shall pay them on presentation of an accounting of the expenses.
e.Compelling production. In the event the insurer fails to comply with an order issued pursuant to this section, the commissioner shall have the power to examine the affiliates to obtain the information. The commissioner shall also have the power to issue subpoenas, to administer oaths, and to examine under oath any person for purposes of determining compliance with this section. Upon the failure or refusal of any person to obey a subpoena, the commissioner may petition a court of competent jurisdiction, and upon proper showing, the court may enter an order compelling the witness to appear and testify or produce documentary evidence. Failure to obey the court order shall be punishable as contempt of court. Every person shall be obliged to attend as a witness at the place specified in the subpoena, when subpoenaed, anywhere within the State. He or she shall be entitled to the same fees and mileage, if claimed, as a witness in the Superior Court of New Jersey, which fees, mileage, and actual expense, if any, necessarily incurred in securing the attendance of witnesses, and their testimony, shall be itemized and charged against, and be paid by, the company being examined.
L.1970, c.22, s.5; amended 1993, c.241, s.5; 1995, c.338, s.3; 2014, c.81, s.6.
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