Service of process equivalent to personal service on unauthorized foreign or alien insurer
(1) When an unauthorized insurer does any of the acts specified in subsection (2) of this section in this state, by mail or otherwise, the doing of such acts shall constitute an appointment by such insurer of the Director of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, and the successor in office, as its lawful attorney upon whom all process may be served in any action begun by or on behalf of an insured or beneficiary and arising out of policies of insurance between the insurer and persons residing or authorized to do business in this state. Subject to subsection (4) of this section, the doing of any such act shall signify the insurer’s consent that service of process upon the director is of the same legal force and effect as personal service of process upon such insurer within this state.
(2) The acts referred to in subsection (1) of this section are:
(a) Issuing or delivering policies of insurance to persons residing or authorized to do business in this state.
(b) Soliciting applications for policies of insurance from such persons.
(c) Collecting premiums, membership fees, assessments or other considerations under policies of insurance from such persons.
(d) Any other transaction of business arising out of policies of insurance with such persons.
(3) Service of process upon the director shall be made by delivering to and leaving with the director, or with any clerk on duty in the office, two copies of such process. Immediately after service of process, the director shall send one of such copies to the defendant insurer at its principal office. The director shall keep a record of all processes served upon the director under this section.
(4) Service of process in the manner provided in this section gives jurisdiction over the person of an insurer provided:
(a) Notice of such service and a copy of the process are sent by registered mail or by certified mail with return receipt by the plaintiff, or the attorney of the plaintiff, to the defendant insurer at its principal office within 10 days after the date of service; and
(b) The defendant insurer’s receipt, or receipt issued by the post office with which the letter is registered or certified, showing the name of the sender of the letter and the name and address of the person to whom the letter is addressed and an affidavit of the plaintiff, or the attorney of the plaintiff, showing compliance with this section are filed with the clerk of the court in which the action against such insurer is pending on or before the date on which such insurer is required to appear, or within such further time as the court may allow.
(5) Nothing contained in this section shall limit or abridge the right to serve any process upon an insurer in any other manner then permitted by law. [Formerly 736.252; 1991 c.249 §71]
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