2017 ORS 734.640¹
Claim priority

(1) Any person who has a claim under an insurance policy against an insurer other than an insolvent insurer which would also be a covered claim against an insolvent insurer must first exhaust the remedies under such policy.

(2) Any person who has a claim that may also be recovered from one or more insurance guaranty agencies that perform functions similar to that of the Oregon Insurance Guaranty Association shall first seek recovery from whichever organization serves the place of residence of the insured, except that:

(a) Recovery on first party claims for damage to property with a permanent location shall first be sought from whichever organization serves the location of the property; and

(b) Recovery on workers’ compensation claims shall first be sought from whichever organization serves the residence of the claimant.

(3) Any recovery under ORS 734.510 (Definitions for ORS 734.510 to 734.710) to 734.710 (Administration of delinquency proceeding claims and expenses) from the association shall be reduced by the amount of any recovery pursuant to subsections (1) and (2) of this section. [1971 c.616 §16; 1977 c.793 §10]

Notes of Decisions

Exhaus­tion of remedies under insurance policy means policy limits must be exhausted before pro­ceed­ing against OIGA. Carrier v. Hicks, 316 Or 341, 851 P2d 581 (1993); Mazorol v. Coats, 316 Or 367, 852 P2d 178 (1993)

Workers’ compensa­tion benefits are recoveries obtained pursuant to claim under insurance policy. Bird v. Norpac Foods, Inc., 132 Or App 349, 888 P2d 118 (1995), aff’d 325 Or 55, 934 P2d 382 (1997)

Notes of Decisions

SAIF’s lien against proceeds of recoveries by injured workers in third-party ac­tions does not attach to pay­ments to worker by Oregon Insurance Guarantee Associa­tion acting in place of insolvent insurer. Corvallis Aero Service v. Villalobos, 81 Or App 137, 724 P2d 880 (1986), Sup Ct review denied

Automobile dealers insured for losses attributable to service contracts were not entitled to recover unearned premiums from OIGA after member insurer became insolvent when dealers’ policy with insolvent insurer specifically provided there was no right to return of unearned premiums if policy was canceled. Oregon Ins. Guaranty Assn. v. Ac­tion Chrysler, 109 Or App 556, 820 P2d 846 (1991)

Where member of Oregon Insurance Guaranty Associa­tion merges with nonmember insurer and then becomes insolvent, claims arising before merger against policies issued by nonmember insurer are not covered by associa­tion. Palmrose v. Oregon Insurance Guaranty Associa­tion, 205 Or App 613, 135 P3d 370 (2006)

Chapter 734

Atty. Gen. Opinions

State is not liable for losses incurred by Oregon Medical Insurance Pool and pools’ policy holders bear ultimate risk of pools’ insolvency, in that there would be no source of funds to pay benefits under their policies, (1989) Vol 46, p 155

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 734—Rehabilitation, Liquidation and Conservation of Insurers, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors734.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2017, Chapter 734, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano734.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
3 OregonLaws.org assembles these lists by analyzing references between Sections. Each listed item refers back to the current Section in its own text. The result reveals relationships in the code that may not have otherwise been apparent.