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Section: General rules of construction

Statute: 17:22C-1

1. For the purposes of this act: "Commissioner" means the Commissioner of Insurance. "Insurer" means: a. Any corporation, association, partnership, reciprocal exchange, interinsurer, Lloyd's insurer, fraternal benefit society or other person engaged in the business of insurance pursuant to Subtitle 3 of Title 17 of the Revised Statutes (R.S.17:17-1 et seq.), or Subtitle 3 of Title 17B of the New Jersey Statutes (N.J.S.17B:17-1 et seq.); b. Any medical service corporation operating pursuant to P.L.1940, c.74 (C.17:48A-1 et seq.); c. Any hospital service corporation operating pursuant to P.L.1938, c.366 (C.17:48-1 et seq.); d. Any health service corporation operating pursuant to P.L.1985, c.236 (C.17:48E-1 et al.); and e. Any dental service corporation operating pursuant to P.L.1968, c.305 (C.17:48C-1 et seq.). "Managing general agent" means any person, firm, association or corporation who binds ceding reinsurance contracts on behalf of an insurer or manages all or part of the insurance business of an insurer, including the management of a separate division, department or underwriting office, and acts as an agent for that insurer whether known as a managing general agent, manager or other similar term, who, with or without the authority, either separately or together with affiliates, produces, directly or indirectly, and underwrites an amount of gross written premium equal to or more than 5% of the policyholder surplus as reported in the last annual statement of the insurer in any one quarter or year together with one or more of the following: (1) adjusts or pays claims in excess of an amount determined by the commissioner; or (2) negotiates reinsurance on behalf of the insurer. Notwithstanding the above, the following persons shall not be considered as managing general agents for the purposes of this act: (1) An employee of the insurer; (2) A United States manager of the United States branch of an alien insurer; (3) An underwriting manager which, pursuant to contract, manages all or part of the insurance operations of the insurer, is under common control with the insurer, subject to P.L.1970, c.22 (C.17:27A-1 et seq.), and whose compensation is not solely based on the volume of premiums written; (4) An attorney-in-fact authorized by and acting for the subscribers of a reciprocal insurer or inter-insurance exchange under powers of attorney. "Sub-managing general agent" means any person, firm, association or corporation with which a managing general agent contracts or which a managing general agent appoints to perform all or substantially all of the duties and responsibilities of the managing general agent. "Underwrite" means the authority to accept or reject risk on behalf of the insurer. L.1993,c.237,s.1.

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