Ins 6.35 Ins 6.35 Petroleum storage environmental cleanup fund; exclusions from reimbursement.
Ins 6.35(1)(1)Purpose. This section interprets s. 292.63 (1) (ad) and (gm) and (4) (b) 15., Stats., by defining the liabilities that are excluded from coverage in liability insurance policies for bodily injury and property damage for the purpose of specifying costs paid by an owner or operator to a 3rd party which are ineligible for reimbursement from the fund.
Ins 6.35(2) (2)Definitions. In this section:
Ins 6.35(2)(a) (a) “Discharge" has the meaning given in s. 292.01 (3), Stats.
Ins 6.35(2)(b) (b) “Fund" means the petroleum storage environmental cleanup fund under s. 25.47, Stats.
Ins 6.35(2)(c) (c) “Operator" has the meaning given in s. 292.63 (1) (d), Stats.
Ins 6.35(2)(d) (d) “Owner" has the meaning given in s. 292.63 (1) (e), Stats.
Ins 6.35(2)(e) (e) “Petroleum product storage system" has the meaning given in s. 292.63 (1) (fg), Stats.
Ins 6.35(3) (3)Exclusions. In addition to the exclusions specified in s. 292.63 (4) (c), Stats., and the claims which shall be denied under s. 292.63 (4) (g), Stats., an owner or operator is not eligible for reimbursement under s. 292.63 (4) (b) 15., Stats., for compensation paid by the owner or operator to a 3rd party for any of the following:
Ins 6.35(3)(a) (a) Costs for which the owner or operator is not legally liable.
Ins 6.35(3)(b) (b) Bodily injury or property damage arising out of any of the following:
Ins 6.35(3)(b)1. 1. A discharge expected or intended from the standpoint of the owner or operator.
Ins 6.35(3)(b)2. 2. A discharge based on or attributable to a criminal act by the owner or operator.
Ins 6.35(3)(b)3. 3. The owner's or operator's intentional, willful or deliberate noncompliance with any statute or administrative rule administered by the department of safety and professional services or the department of natural resources which directly relates to the storage and handling of flammable liquid or combustible liquid, as defined by the department of safety and professional services by rule.
Ins 6.35 Note Note: The responsibility for this aspect of petroleum tank storage oversight was transferred from the Department of Safety and Professional Services to the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. See s. ATCP 93.050 (30) and (49)for definitions of combustible and flammable liquid.
Ins 6.35(3)(b)4. 4. The owner's or operator's assumption of the liability of a 3rd party under a contract or agreement, unless the owner or operator would have had the liability in the absence of the contract or agreement.
Ins 6.35(3)(b)5. 5. The ownership, maintenance, use, operation or entrustment to another person of an automobile, aircraft, watercraft or rolling stock belonging to the owner or operator, except that this exclusion does not apply if the bodily injury or property damage is caused by the use of the automobile, aircraft, watercraft or rolling stock during the loading or unloading of the owner's or operator's petroleum products storage system.
Ins 6.35(3)(b)6. 6. War, invasion, act of a foreign enemy, hostilities, civil war, rebellion, revolution, insurrection, military or usurped power, strike, riot or civil commotion.
Ins 6.35(3)(c) (c) Bodily injury to any of the following, whether the owner or operator is liable as an employer or in any other capacity, and regardless of whether the owner or operator is obligated to share damages with or to repay someone else who must pay damages because of the bodily injury:
Ins 6.35(3)(c)1. 1. An employee of the owner or operator for an injury occurring during and in the course of the employment.
Ins 6.35(3)(c)2. 2. The spouse, child, parent, brother or sister of an employee of the owner or operator arising as a consequence of the bodily injury to the employee under subd. 1.
Ins 6.35(3)(d) (d) Property damage to any of the following:
Ins 6.35(3)(d)1. 1. Property owned or occupied by or rented or lent to the owner or operator.
Ins 6.35(3)(d)2. 2. Personal property in the care, custody or control of the owner or operator.
Ins 6.35(3)(e) (e) An obligation of the owner or operator under a workers' compensation, disability benefits, unemployment compensation or other similar law.
Ins 6.35(3)(f) (f) Punitive or exemplary damages.
Ins 6.35(3)(g) (g) Federal, state or local fines, forfeitures or other penalties.
Ins 6.35(3)(h) (h) Amounts recoverable by the owner or operator under s. 292.63 (4) (b) 1. to 14., Stats., or by a 3rd party as a claimant under s. 292.63, Stats.
Ins 6.35 History History: Cr. Register, April, 1991, No. 424, eff. 5-1-91; corrections in (2) (a) and (b), (3) (b) 3., made under s. 13.93 (2m) (b) 6. and 7., Stats., Register, February, 2000, No. 530; correction in (3) (b) 3. made under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 6., Stats., Register January 2012 No. 673; corrections in (1), (2) (c) to (e), (3) (intro.), (h) made under s. 13.92 4. (b) 7., Stats., Register August 2014 No. 704.
Ins 6.40 Ins 6.40 Proxies, consents and authorizations of domestic stock insurers.
Ins 6.40(1)(1)Application of rule. This rule is applicable to all domestic stock insurers having 100 or more stockholders; provided, however, that this rule shall not apply to any insurer if 95% or more of its stock is owned or controlled by a parent or an affiliated insurer and the remaining shares are held by less than 500 stockholders. A domestic stock insurer which files with the securities and exchange commission forms of proxies, consents and authorizations complying with the requirements of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934 and the Securities and Exchange Acts amendments of 1964 and Regulation X-14 of the securities and exchange commission promulgated thereunder shall be exempt from the provisions of this rule.
Ins 6.40(2) (2)Proxies, consents and authorizations. No domestic stock insurer, or any director, officer or employee of such insurer subject to sub. (1), or any other person, shall solicit, or permit the use of his or her name to solicit, by mail or otherwise, any proxy, consent or authorization in respect of any stock of such insurer in contravention of this rule.
Ins 6.40(3) (3)Disclosure of equivalent information. Unless proxies, consents or authorizations in respect of a stock of a domestic insurer subject to sub. (1) are solicited by or on behalf of the management of such insurer from the holders of records of stock of such insurer in accordance with this rule prior to any annual or other meeting such insurer shall, in accordance with this rule and/or such further rules as the commissioner may adopt, file with the commissioner and transmit to all stockholders of record information substantially equivalent to the information which would be required to be transmitted if a solicitation were made.
Ins 6.40(4) (4)Definitions.
Ins 6.40(4)(a) (a) The definitions and instructions set out in schedule SIS — Stockholder Information Supplement (s. Ins 7.02) shall be applicable for purposes of this rule.
Ins 6.40(4)(b) (b) The terms “solicit" and “solicitation" for purposes of this rule shall include:
Ins 6.40(4)(b)1. 1. Any request for a proxy, whether or not accompanied by or included in a form of proxy; or
Ins 6.40(4)(b)2. 2. Any request to execute or not to execute, or to revoke, a proxy; or
Ins 6.40(4)(b)3. 3. The furnishing of a proxy or other communication to stockholders under circumstances reasonably calculated to result in the procurement, withholding or revocation of a proxy.
Ins 6.40(4)(c) (c) The terms “solicit" and “solicitation" shall not include:
Ins 6.40(4)(c)1. 1. Any solicitation by a person in respect of stock of which he or she is the beneficial owner;
Ins 6.40(4)(c)2. 2. Action by a broker or other person in respect to stock carried in his or her name or in the name of the nominee in forwarding to the beneficial owner of such stock soliciting material received from the company, or impartially instructing such beneficial owner to forward a proxy to the person, if any, to whom the beneficial owner desires to give a proxy, or impartially requesting instructions from the beneficial owner with respect to the authority to be conferred by the proxy and stating that a proxy will be given if the instructions are received by a certain date;
Ins 6.40(4)(c)3. 3. The furnishing of a form of proxy to a stockholder upon the unsolicited request of such stockholder, or the performance by any person of ministerial acts on behalf of a person soliciting a proxy.
Ins 6.40(5) (5)Information to be furnished to stockholders.
Ins 6.40(5)(a)(a) No solicitation subject to this rule shall be made unless each person solicited is concurrently furnished or has previously been furnished with a written proxy statement containing the information specified in sub. (12).
Ins 6.40(5)(b) (b) If the solicitation is made on behalf of the management of the insurer and relates to an annual meeting of stockholders at which directors are to be elected, each proxy statement furnished pursuant to sub. (5) (a) shall be accompanied or preceded by an annual report (in preliminary or final form) to such stockholders containing such financial statements for the last fiscal year as are referred to in Schedule SIS — Stockholder Information Supplement (s. Ins 7.02) under the heading “Financial Reporting to Stockholders." Subject to the foregoing requirements with respect to financial statements, the annual report to stockholders may be in any form deemed suitable by the management.
Ins 6.40(5)(c) (c) Two copies of each report sent to the stockholders pursuant to sub. (5) shall be mailed to the commissioner not later than the date on which such report is first sent or given to stockholders or the date on which preliminary copies of solicitation material are filed with the commissioner pursuant to sub. (7) (a), whichever date is later.
Ins 6.40(6) (6)Requirements as to proxy.
Ins 6.40(6)(a) (a) The form of proxy: 1) shall indicate in bold-face type whether or not the proxy is solicited on behalf of the management, 2) shall provide a specifically designated blank space for dating the proxy, and 3) shall identify clearly and impartially each matter or group of related matters intended to be acted upon, whether proposed by the management, or stockholders. No reference need be made to proposals as to which discretionary authority is conferred pursuant to par. (c).
Ins 6.40(6)(b) (b) Means shall be provided in the proxy for the person solicited to specify by ballot a choice between approval or disapproval of each matter or group of related matters referred to therein, other than elections to office. A proxy may confer discretionary authority with respect to matters as to which a choice is not so specified if the form of proxy states in bold-face type how it is intended to vote the shares or authorization represented by the proxy in each such case.
Ins 6.40(6)(c) (c) A proxy may confer discretionary authority with respect to other matters which may come before the meeting, provided the persons on whose behalf the solicitation is made are not aware a reasonable time prior to the time the solicitation is made that any other matters are to be presented for action at the meeting and provided further that a specific statement to that effect is made in the proxy statement or in the form of proxy.
Ins 6.40(6)(d) (d) No proxy shall confer authority
Ins 6.40(6)(d)1. 1. To vote for the election of any person to any office for which a bona fide nominee is not named in the proxy statement, or
Ins 6.40(6)(d)2. 2. To vote at any annual meeting other than the next annual meeting (or any adjournment thereof) to be held after the date, on which the proxy statement and form of proxy are first sent or given to stockholders.
Ins 6.40(6)(e) (e) The proxy statement or form of proxy shall provide, subject to reasonable specified conditions, that the proxy will be voted and that where the person solicited specifies by means of ballot provided pursuant to par. (b) a choice with respect to any matter to be acted upon, the vote will be in accordance with the specifications so made.
Ins 6.40(6)(f) (f) The information included in the proxy statement shall be clearly presented and the statements made shall be divided into groups according to subject matter, with appropriate headings. All printed proxy statements shall be clearly and legibly presented.
Ins 6.40(7) (7)Material required to be filed.
Ins 6.40(7)(a)(a) Two preliminary copies of the proxy statement and form of proxy and any other soliciting material to be furnished to stockholders concurrently therewith shall be filed with the commissioner at least 10 days prior to the date definitive copies of such material are first sent or given to stockholders, or such shorter period prior to that date as the commissioner may authorize upon a showing of good cause therefor.
Ins 6.40(7)(b) (b) Two preliminary copies of any additional soliciting material relating to the same meeting or subject matter to be furnished to stockholders subsequent to the proxy statements shall be filed with the commissioner at least 2 days (exclusive of Saturdays, Sundays or holidays) prior to the date copies of this material are first sent or given to stockholders or a shorter period prior to such date as the commissioner may authorize upon a showing of good cause therefor.
Ins 6.40(7)(c) (c) Two definitive copies of the proxy statement, form of proxy and all other soliciting material, in the form in which this material is furnished to stockholders, shall be filed with, or mailed for filing to, the commissioner not later than the date such material is first sent or given to the stockholders.
Ins 6.40(7)(d) (d) Where any proxy statement, form of proxy or other material filed pursuant to these rules is amended or revised, 2 of the copies shall be marked to clearly show such changes.
Ins 6.40(7)(e) (e) Copies of replies to inquiries from stockholders requesting further information and copies of communications which do no more than request that forms of proxy theretofore solicited be signed and returned need not be filed pursuant to sub. (7).
Ins 6.40(7)(f) (f) Notwithstanding the provisions of subs. (7) (a) and (b) and (11) (e), copies of soliciting material in the form of speeches, press releases and radio or television scripts may, but need not, be filed with the commissioner prior to use or publication. Definitive copies, however, shall be filed with or mailed for filing to the commissioner as required by sub. (7) (c) not later than the date such material is used or published. The provisions of subs. (7) (a) and (b) and (11) (e) shall apply, however, to any reprints or reproductions of all or any part of such material.
Ins 6.40(9) (9)False or misleading statements. No solicitation subject to this rule shall be made by means of any proxy statement, form of proxy, notice of meeting, or other communication, written or oral, containing any statement which at the time and in the light of the circumstances under which it is made, is false or misleading with respect to any material fact, or which omits to state any material fact necessary in order to make the statements therein not false or misleading or necessary to correct any statement in any earlier communication with respect to the solicitation of a proxy for the same meeting or subject matter which has become false or misleading.
Ins 6.40(10) (10)Prohibition of certain solicitations. No person making a solicitation which is subject to this rule shall solicit any undated or postdated proxy or any proxy which provides that it shall be deemed to be dated as of any date subsequent to the date on which it is signed by the stockholder.
Ins 6.40(11) (11)Special provisions applicable to election contests.
Ins 6.40(11)(a)(a) Applicability. Subsection (11) shall apply to any solicitation subject to this rule by any person or group for the purpose of opposing a solicitation subject to this rule by any other person or group with respect to the election or removal of directors at any annual or special meeting of stockholders.
Ins 6.40(11)(b) (b) Participant or participant in a solicitation.
Ins 6.40(11)(b)1.1. For purposes of sub. (11) the terms “participant" and “participant in a solicitation"include:
Ins 6.40(11)(b)1.a. a. The insurer;
Ins 6.40(11)(b)1.b. b. Any director of the insurer, and any nominee for whose election as a director proxies are solicited; or
Ins 6.40(11)(b)1.c. c. Any other person, acting alone or with one or more other persons, committees or groups, in organizing, directing or financing the solicitation.
Ins 6.40(11)(b)2. 2. For the purposes of sub. (11) the terms “participant" and “participant in a solicitation" do not include:
Ins 6.40(11)(b)2.a. a. A bank, broker or dealer who, in the ordinary course of business, lends money or executes orders for the purchase or sale of stock and who is not otherwise a participant;
Ins 6.40(11)(b)2.b. b. Any person or organization retrained or employed by a participant to solicit stockholders or any person who merely transmits proxy soliciting material or performs ministerial or clerical duties;
Ins 6.40(11)(b)2.c. c. Any person employed in the capacity of attorney, accountant, or advertising, public relations or financial adviser, and whose activities are limited to the performance of his or her duties in the course of such employment;
Ins 6.40(11)(b)3. 3. Any person regularly employed as an officer or employee of the insurer or any of its subsidiaries or affiliates who is not otherwise a participant; or
Ins 6.40(11)(b)3.e. e. Any officer or director of, or any person regularly employed by any other participant, if such officer, director or employee is not otherwise a participant.
Ins 6.40(11)(c) (c) Filing of information required by sub. (13).
Ins 6.40(11)(c)1.1. No solicitation subject to sub. (11) shall be made by any person other than the management of an insurer unless at least 5 business days prior thereto, or such shorter period as the commissioner may authorize upon a showing of good cause therefor, there has been filed, with the commissioner by or on behalf of each participant in such solicitation, a statement in duplicate containing the information specified by sub. (13) and a copy of any material proposed to be distributed to stockholders in furtherance of such solicitation. Where preliminary copies of any materials are filed, distribution to stockholders should be deferred until the commissioner's comments have been received and complied with.
Ins 6.40(11)(c)2. 2. Within 5 business days after a solicitation subject to sub. (11) is made by the management of an insurer, or such longer period as the commissioner may authorize upon a showing of good cause therefor, there shall be filed with the commissioner by or on behalf of each participant in such solicitation, other than the insurer, and by or on behalf of each management nominee for director, a statement in duplicate containing the information specified by sub. (13).
Ins 6.40(11)(c)3. 3. If any solicitation on behalf of management or any other person has been made, or if proxy material is ready for distribution, prior to a solicitation subject to sub. (11) in opposition thereto, a statement in duplicate containing the information specified in sub. (13) shall be filed with the commissioner, by or on behalf of each participant in such prior solicitation, other than the insurer, as soon as reasonably practicable after the commencement of the solicitation in opposition thereto.
Ins 6.40(11)(c)4. 4. If, subsequent to the filing of the statements required by subds. 1., 2., and 3., additional persons become participants in a solicitation subject to this rule, there shall be filed with the commissioner, by or on behalf of each such person, a statement in duplicate containing the information specified by sub. (13) within 3 business days after such person becomes a participant, or such longer period as the commissioner may authorize upon a showing of good cause therefor.
Ins 6.40(11)(c)5. 5. If any material change occurs in the facts reported in any statement filed by or on behalf of any participant, an appropriate amendment to such statement shall be filed promptly with the commissioner.
Ins 6.40(11)(c)6. 6. Each statement and amendment thereto filed pursuant to par. (c) shall be part of the public files of the commissioner.
Ins 6.40(11)(d) (d) Solicitations prior to furnishing required written proxy statement. Notwithstanding the provisions of sub. (5) (a), a solicitation subject to sub. (11) may be made prior to furnishing stockholders a written proxy statement containing the information specified in sub. (12) with respect to such solicitation, provided that:
Ins 6.40(11)(d)1. 1. The statements required by par. (c) are filed by or on behalf of each participant in such solicitation.
Ins 6.40(11)(d)2. 2. No form of proxy is furnished to stockholders prior to the time the written proxy statement required by sub. (5) (a) is furnished to such persons; provided, however, that subd. 2. shall not apply where a proxy statement then meeting the requirements of sub. (12) has been furnished to stockholders.
Ins 6.40(11)(d)3. 3. At least the information specified in par. (c) 2. and 3. of the statements required by par. (c) to be filed by each participant, or an appropriate summary thereof, are included in each communication sent or given to stockholders in connection with the solicitation.
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