618.40(6) (6)“Principal place of business" means, with respect to determining the home state of an insured, the state where the insured maintains its headquarters and where the insured's high-level officers direct, control, and coordinate the business activities of the insured.
618.40(7) (7)“Principal residence" means, with respect to determining the home state of an insured who is an individual, the state where the individual resides for the greatest number of days during a calendar year.
618.40(8) (8)“State" includes any state of the United States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, the Virgin Islands, and American Samoa.
618.40(9) (9)“Surplus lines broker" means a person that is licensed in a state to sell, solicit, or negotiate insurance on properties, risks, or exposures located or to be performed in that state with unauthorized insurers.
618.40(10) (10)“Surplus lines insurance" means any insurance to which all of the following apply:
618.40(10)(a) (a) This state is the home state of the insured.
618.40(10)(b) (b) The insurance is permitted under this subchapter to be placed through a surplus lines agent or broker with an unauthorized insurer eligible to accept the insurance.
618.40(11) (11)“Unauthorized insurance" means any insurance permitted in a state to be placed directly or through a surplus lines broker with an unauthorized insurer eligible to accept such insurance.
618.40 History History: 2011 a. 224; 2017 a. 16.
618.41 618.41 Surplus lines insurance.
618.41(1)(1)General permission. A domestic surplus lines insurer or a nondomestic insurer which has not obtained a certificate of authority to do business in this state under s. 618.12 may negotiate for and make insurance contracts with persons in this state and on risks located in this state, subject to the limitations and requirements specified in this section.
618.41(2) (2) Incidental acts permitted. With respect to contracts made under this section, the insurer may in this state also inspect risks to be insured, collect premiums and adjust losses, and do all other acts reasonably incidental to the contract.
618.41(3) (3) Solicitation prohibited. Nothing in subs. (1) and (2) permits the solicitation of business in this state by or on behalf of an insurer without a certificate of authority. The commissioner may by rule prescribe the manner in which insurance agents or brokers may advertise the availability of their services in procuring, on behalf of persons seeking insurance, contracts with domestic surplus lines insurers or with insurers without a certificate of authority.
618.41(4) (4) Information to policyholder. The insurer and any agent or broker are obligated promptly to furnish the policyholder a statement in a form prescribed or approved by the commissioner, informing the policyholder that the insurer has not obtained a certificate of authority to do business in this state and is not regulated in this state except as provided in this section.
618.41(5) (5) Trade practices. With respect to contracts made under this section, nondomestic insurers and domestic surplus lines insurers are subject to s. 628.34 and rules promulgated thereunder.
618.41(6) (6) Prohibited and restricted surplus lines business.
618.41(6)(a) (a) Prohibited classes. The commissioner may by rule prohibit the making of contracts under sub. (1) in a specified class of insurance if authorized insurers provide an established market for the class in this state which is adequate and reasonably competitive with reputable unauthorized insurers.
618.41(6)(b) (b) Restricted classes. The commissioner may by rule place restrictions and limitations on and create special procedures for the making of contracts under sub. (1) for a specified class of insurance if there have been abuses of placements in the class or if the policyholders in the class, because of limited financial resources, business experience or knowledge, cannot be expected to protect their own interests adequately.
618.41(6)(c) (c) Exclusion of individual insurers. The commissioner may prohibit an individual insurer or group policyholder, including but not limited to a risk purchasing group, from making any contracts under sub. (1) or issuing evidence of coverage and may prohibit all insurance agents and brokers from dealing with the insurer or group policyholder, if:
618.41(6)(c)1. 1. It has willfully violated this section, ss. 610.11 (1), 628.34, or any rule promulgated under any of them; or
618.41(6)(c)2. 2. It has failed to pay the fees and taxes specified in s. 618.43; or
618.41(6)(c)3. 3. The commissioner has reason to believe that the insurer, or the insurer which issued the policy to a group policyholder, is in an unsound condition or the insurer or group policyholder is operated in a fraudulent, dishonest or incompetent manner or in violation of the law of its domicile.
618.41(6)(d) (d) Evaluations. The commissioner may issue lists of unauthorized nondomestic insurers whose solidity he or she believes to be doubtful or whose practices he or she believes to be objectionable. The commissioner may issue lists of unauthorized nondomestic insurers he or she believes to be reliable and solid. The commissioner may also issue other relevant evaluations of unauthorized insurers. No action may lie against the commissioner or any employee of the office for anything said in the issuance of such lists and evaluations.
618.41(6m) (6m) Rustproofing warranties insurance. An insurer issuing a policy of insurance under this section to cover a warranty, as defined in s. 100.205 (1) (g), shall comply with s. 632.18 and the policy shall be on a form approved by the commissioner under s. 631.20.
618.41(7) (7) Surplus lines agent's license.
618.41(7)(a) (a) The commissioner may, pursuant to s. 628.04 (2), issue to any licensed agent or broker a surplus lines license granting authority to procure insurance under this section.
618.41(7)(b) (b) The fee for issuance of a surplus lines license is the fee required by s. 601.31 (1) (L) 3.
618.41(7m) (7m) Risk purchasing groups; licensed agents. A natural person may not solicit, negotiate or obtain liability insurance for a risk purchasing group from an unauthorized insurer unless the natural person is licensed as a surplus lines agent under sub. (7).
618.41(8) (8) Surplus lines agents, brokers and group policyholders.
618.41(8)(a)(a) Responsibility. An agent or broker may not place insurance under this section with, and a person who offers liability insurance coverage under a group policy may not solicit the purchase of coverage under a group policy issued by, an unauthorized insurer if all of the following exist:
618.41(8)(a)1. 1. The insurer is financially unsound, engaging in unfair practices or otherwise substandard.
618.41(8)(a)2. 2. The agent, broker or other person fails to give the applicant written notice of the insurer's deficiencies.
618.41(8)(a)3. 3. The agent, broker or other person either knows of, or fails to adequately investigate, the insurer's financial condition and general reputation.
618.41(8)(b) (b) Retention of notice. An agent, broker or group policyholder shall keep in its office for at least 5 years any notice provided under par. (a) 2.
618.41(8)(c) (c) Financially sound. To be financially sound for purposes of par. (a) 1., an insurer must be able to satisfy standards comparable to those applied under the laws of this state to authorized insurers, unless this state is the insured's home state, in which case s. 618.416 applies.
618.41(9) (9) Requirements for surplus lines policies.
618.41(9)(a) (a) Required information. Every new or renewal insurance policy procured and delivered under this section shall bear the name and address of the insurance agent or broker who procured it and shall have stamped or affixed upon it the following: “This insurance contract is with an insurer which has not obtained a certificate of authority to transact a regular insurance business in the state of Wisconsin, and is issued and delivered as a surplus line coverage pursuant to s. 618.41 of the Wisconsin Statutes. Section 618.43 (1), Wisconsin Statutes, requires payment by the policyholder of 3 percent tax on gross premium."
618.41(9)(b) (b) Additional required information. The policy shall include a description of the subject of the insurance, and indicate the coverage, conditions and term of the insurance, the premium charged and premium taxes to be collected from the policyholder, and the name and address of the policyholder and insurer. If the direct risk is assumed by more than one insurer, the policy shall state the names and addresses of all insurers and the portion of the entire direct risk each has assumed.
618.41(9)(c) (c) Surplus lines policies issued by domestic surplus lines insurers. Notwithstanding par. (a), every new or renewal insurance policy procured and delivered under this section by a domestic surplus lines insurer shall bear the name and address of the insurance agent or broker who procured it and shall have stamped or affixed upon it the following: “This insurance contract is issued and delivered as a surplus line coverage pursuant to s. 618.41 of the Wisconsin Statutes. Section 618.43 (1), Wisconsin Statutes, requires payment by the policyholder of 3 percent tax on gross premium. If the insurer that issued and delivered this policy becomes insolvent, insureds or claimants will not be eligible for Wisconsin Insurance Security Fund protection under chapter 646 of the Wisconsin Statutes."
618.41(10) (10) Issuance of evidence of insurance. Upon placing a new or renewal coverage under this section, the agent or broker shall promptly deliver to the policyholder or his or her agent evidence of the insurance consisting either of the policy as issued by the insurer or, if the policy is not then available, a certificate, cover note or other confirmation of insurance.
618.41(11) (11) Form regulation. The commissioner may by rule subject policies written under this section to as much of the regulation provided by chs. 600 to 646 and 655 for comparable policies written by authorized insurers as the commissioner finds to be necessary to protect the interests of insureds and the public in this state.
618.41(12) (12) Application when this state is not the insured's home state. The placement of insurance under this section is not subject to subs. (4), (7m), (8), (9), or (10) if this state is not the insured's home state and the placement complies with the laws of the insured's home state.
618.41(13) (13) Domestic surplus lines insurers.
618.41(13)(a) (a) An insurer domiciled in this state may submit to the commissioner an application for a certificate that permits the insurer to provide surplus lines insurance as a domestic surplus lines insurer. The commissioner shall issue the certificate to the insurer if the insurer satisfies all of the following requirements:
618.41(13)(a)1. 1. The insurer's board of directors has adopted a resolution requesting to be certified as a domestic surplus lines insurer.
618.41(13)(a)2. 2. The insurer is eligible to provide surplus lines insurance in a state other than this state.
618.41(13)(a)3. 3. The insurer has capital and surplus of no less than $15,000,000.
618.41(13)(a)4. 4. If the insurer applying for a certificate under this subsection has issued insurance policies in this state as a domestic insurer, the insurer includes in its application a plan for the insurer's proposed treatment of those policies in compliance with chs. 600 to 655.
618.41(13)(b) (b) A domestic surplus lines insurer is subject to chs. 600 to 655 as follows:
618.41(13)(b)1. 1. A domestic surplus lines insurer is subject to all requirements of this subchapter and the requirements that apply to a domestic insurer organized under ch. 611.
618.41(13)(b)2. 2. Notwithstanding subd. 1., a surplus lines insurance policy issued in this state by a domestic surplus lines insurer is only subject to the requirements of this section and the rules promulgated under this section and shall be exempt from all statutory requirements, including requirements relating to insurance rating plans, policy forms, policy cancellation and nonrenewal, and premium charged to the insured, in the same manner as a surplus lines insurance policy issued by a nondomestic insurer.
618.41(13)(b)3. 3. Nothing in this section shall be construed to affect the application of ch. 646 to insurance policies that were issued by a domestic insurer prior to that domestic insurer obtaining a certificate to do business as a domestic surplus lines insurer under this subsection.
618.41(13)(c) (c) A domestic surplus lines insurer shall be considered a nonadmitted insurer as defined in 15 USC 8206 with respect to surplus lines insurance the domestic surplus lines insurer issues in this state.
618.41(13)(d) (d) Insurance transacted by a domestic surplus lines insurer under this section is subject to taxation as specified under s. 618.43.
618.41(13)(e) (e) A surplus lines insurance policy issued in this state by a domestic surplus lines insurer under this section is not subject to the Wisconsin insurance security fund under ch. 646.
618.41(13)(f) (f) No domestic surplus lines insurer may offer insurance other than under this section.
618.41(13)(g) (g) A domestic surplus lines insurer, after obtaining a certificate to do business as a domestic surplus lines insurer under this section, may not apply to the commissioner to issue policies other than as a domestic surplus lines insurer.
618.41 Annotation Independent actual notice to a policyholder, in the absence of stamping or affixing the information required under sub. (9) (a) to the policy, was insufficient. Combined Investigative v. Scottsdale Ins., 165 Wis. 2d 262, 477 N.W.2d 82 (Ct. App. 1991).
618.415 618.415 Group liability insurance issued by an unauthorized insurer.
618.415(1)(1)Notice before taking application. A person may not take an application for liability insurance coverage under a group liability insurance policy which is issued by an unauthorized insurer and which is for a risk that resides or is otherwise located in this state, unless before taking the application the person gives the applicant clear and prominent written notice of all of the following:
618.415(1)(a) (a) The insurer's deficiencies, if any, under s. 618.41 (8) (a) 1.
618.415(1)(b) (b) That the insurer has not obtained a certificate of authority in this state and is not regulated in this state.
618.415(1)(c) (c) That the risk is not protected by the Wisconsin insurance security fund.
618.415(1)(d) (d) Any other information required by the commissioner by rule.
618.415(2) (2) Notice in the evidence of insurance. A person may not provide liability insurance coverage under a group insurance policy which is issued by an unauthorized insurer to a member for a risk that resides or is otherwise located in this state, unless the evidence of insurance clearly and prominently includes all of the following:
618.415(2)(a) (a) The information and notice required under s. 618.41 (9).
618.415(2)(b) (b) That the risk is not protected by the Wisconsin insurance security fund.
618.415(2)(c) (c) Any other information required by the commissioner by rule.
618.415 History History: 1987 a. 247.
618.416 618.416 Qualification for placement of surplus lines insurance with an unauthorized insurer. An intermediary may not place surplus lines insurance under s. 618.41 with an unauthorized insurer if this state is the home state of the proposed insured, unless at the time of placement all of the following apply to the unauthorized insurer:
618.416(1) (1)If the unauthorized insurer is domiciled in a United States jurisdiction, the insurer satisfies all of the following:
618.416(1)(a) (a) In its domiciliary jurisdiction, the unauthorized insurer is authorized to write the type of insurance to be placed with the insurer.
618.416(1)(b) (b) Either the unauthorized insurer has capital and surplus or its equivalent under the laws of its domiciliary jurisdiction that equals the greater of either the minimum capital and surplus requirements under the laws of this state or $15,000,000 or the commissioner affirmatively finds that the unauthorized insurer's capital and surplus are acceptable. The commissioner's finding shall be based on factors that include quality of management, capital and surplus of any parent company, company underwriting profit and investment income trends, market availability, and company record and reputation within the industry. In no event may the commissioner find that the unauthorized insurer's capital and surplus are acceptable if the unauthorized insurer's capital and surplus are less than $4,500,000.
618.416(1)(c) (c) The unauthorized insurer provides to the commissioner, no more than 6 months after the close of the period reported on, a certified copy of its current annual statement that is filed and approved by the regulatory authority in the unauthorized insurer's domicile and certified by an accounting or auditing firm licensed in the jurisdiction of the unauthorized insurer's domicile.
618.416(2) (2)If the unauthorized insurer is an alien insurer, the insurer is listed on the quarterly listing of alien insurers maintained by the international insurers department of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners and meets additional requirements regarding the use of the list established by rule of the commissioner.
618.416 History History: 2011 a. 224.
618.42 618.42 Direct procurement of insurance.
618.42(1)(1)Permitted direct procurement. Subject to the restrictions of this section, any person seeking insurance may obtain it if no agent or broker resident or doing business in this state is involved and if negotiations occur primarily outside this state. Negotiations by mail occur within this state if a letter is sent from or to an address in this state.
618.42(2) (2) Reports and taxation. Every policyholder who procures or renews insurance otherwise subject to chs. 600 to 646 and 655 from any insurer not authorized to do business in this state, other than insurance procured under s. 618.41 and the renewal of guaranteed renewable insurance lawfully issued outside this state, shall within 60 days after the insurance procured or renewed report to the commissioner in such form as he or she requires and pay the taxes specified by s. 618.43.
618.42(3) (3) Prohibited placement with unauthorized insurers.
618.42(3)(a)(a) Sales of personal property. Any insurance on personal property sold on the installment plan or under a conditional sales contract or equivalent security agreement under chs. 401 to 411 for which a charge is made to the buyer as a part of the consideration in the agreement of sale shall be placed with an insurer authorized to do business in this state.
618.42(3)(c) (c) Compulsory insurance. Whenever the law of this state requires a person to purchase insurance on risks in this state, the person shall obtain it from an insurer authorized to do business in this state, or under s. 618.41.
618.42 Cross-reference Cross-reference: See also ss. Ins. 6.17 and 6.19, Wis. adm. code.
618.43 618.43 Taxation of insurance written by unauthorized insurers.
618.43(1)(1)Business subject to taxation.
618.43(1)(a) (a) Subject to par. (bc), insurers, agents, brokers, and policyholders are liable, as provided in sub. (2), for a premium tax of 3 percent of gross premiums charged for insurance, excluding annuities, if any of the following is satisfied:
618.43(1)(a)1. 1. The insurance is transacted under s. 618.41 (1) or 618.42.
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2017-18 Wisconsin Statutes updated through 2019 Wis. Act 50 and through all Supreme Court and Controlled Substances Board Orders filed before and in effect on December 6, 2019. Published and certified under s. 35.18. Changes effective after December 6, 2019, are designated by NOTES. (Published 12-6-19)