17:46B-8. Procedure when capital impaired
a. If, for any reason, the capital of a domestic title insurance company becomes impaired and such impairment shall not be eliminated within 30 days from its inception, the company shall forthwith give written notice thereof to the commissioner. The commissioner, upon receipt of such notice or upon otherwise discovering an impairment of capital, shall determine the amount of such impairment and issue a written requisition to the company to eliminate the impairment within such period as he shall designate not more than 60 days from the service of the requisition. He may also by official order prohibit the company from issuing any policies or contracts of title insurance while such impairment exists.
b. Such title insurance company, with the consent and approval of the commissioner, may authorize new or additional shares of stock, and issue certificates therefor, and dispose of the same at not less than their par value for an amount sufficient, at least, to make up the capital impairment, or the commissioner may, in his discretion permit such company to reduce its capital and the par value of its shares, but the capital shall at no time be reduced to an amount less than that required by law for the organization of any such company, after making due allowance for the number of states or territorial subdivisions of the United States in which said company shall retain its qualification to engage in the business of title insurance. In fixing such reduced capital, not less than $250,000.00 nor more than 33 1/3 % of the net assets existing at the time of such capital reduction shall be designated as surplus; nor shall any part of such assets be distributed to stockholders. When the amount of capital prescribed by the commissioner has been established, such title insurance company shall so notify the commissioner, who, upon being satisfied that the impairment no longer exists and is not likely to recur, shall give written approval authorizing such title insurance company to resume issuance of policies or contracts of title insurance, in the state of its domicile, and reinsurance agreements with respect thereto.
c. If the capital of any title insurance company other than a domestic company authorized to do business in this State is found so impaired, the commissioner, may after notice and hearing, revoke its license to transact business in this State.
L.1975, c. 106, s. 8, eff. May 29, 1975.
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