Code Section

Insurance Code - INS


  ( Division 1 enacted by Stats. 1935, Ch. 145. )


  ( Part 2 enacted by Stats. 1935, Ch. 145. )

CHAPTER 5. Production Agencies [1621 - 1758.993]

  ( Chapter 5 repealed and added by Stats. 1959, Ch. 4. )

ARTICLE 6. License Qualifications [1666 - 1672]
  ( Article 6 added by Stats. 1959, Ch. 4. )


(a) The commissioner may deny an application for any license issued pursuant to this chapter, and may suspend or revoke the permanent license of any organization licensed pursuant to this chapter as authorized by Section 1738, if the applicant or holder of the permanent license is an organization and a controlling person of the organization is any of the following:

(1) The controlling person has previously engaged in a fraudulent practice or act or has conducted any business in a dishonest manner.

(2) The controlling person has shown incompetency or untrustworthiness in the conduct of any business, or has by commission of a wrongful act or practice in the course of any business exposed the public or those dealing with him or her to the danger of loss.

(3) The controlling person has knowingly misrepresented the terms or effect of an insurance policy or contract.

(4) The controlling person has failed to perform a duty expressly enjoined upon him or her by a provision of this code or has committed an act expressly forbidden by a provision of this code.

(5) The controlling person has been convicted of any of the following:

(A) A felony.

(B) A misdemeanor denounced by this code or other laws regulating insurance.

(C) A public offense having as one of its necessary elements a fraudulent act or an act of dishonesty in acceptance, custody, or payment of money or property.

A judgment, plea, or verdict of guilty, or a plea of nolo contendere is deemed to be a conviction within the meaning of this section.

(6) The controlling person has aided or abetted any person in an act or omission that would constitute grounds for the suspension, revocation, or refusal of a license or certificate issued under this code to the person aided or abetted.

(7) The controlling person has permitted any person in his or her employ to violate any provision of this code.

(8) The controlling person has violated any provision of law relating to conduct of business that could lawfully be done only under authority conferred by a license under this chapter.

(b) As used in this section, “controlling person” means a person who possesses, directly or indirectly, the power to direct or cause the direction of the management and policies of the organization, whether through the ownership of voting securities, by contract other than a commercial contract for goods or nonmanagement services, or otherwise, including, but not limited to, power that is the result of an official position with or corporate office held by the person. Control shall be presumed to exist if any person, directly or indirectly, owns, controls, holds with the power to vote, or holds proxies representing, more than 10 percent of the voting securities of the organization. This presumption may be rebutted by a showing that control does not exist in fact. The commissioner may, after furnishing all persons in interest notice and opportunity to be heard, determine that control exists in fact, notwithstanding the absence of a presumption to that effect.

(Amended by Stats. 2018, Ch. 231, Sec. 10. (AB 2045) Effective January 1, 2019.)