Section: Assignment of rights by person recovering.
9. a. Any person recovering under this act shall be deemed to have assigned his rights under the policy from which the claim arose to the fund to the extent of his recovery from the fund. Every policyholder or claimant seeking the protection of this act shall cooperate with the fund to the same extent as that person would have been required to cooperate with the insolvent insurer. The fund shall have no cause of action against the policyholder of the insolvent insurer for any sums it has paid out, except for those causes of action as the insolvent insurer would have had if the sums had been paid by the insolvent insurer. In the case of an insolvent insurer operating on a plan with an assessment liability, payments of claims by the fund shall not operate to reduce the liability of policyholders to the receiver, liquidator, or statutory successor for unpaid assessments.
b. The receiver, liquidator, or statutory successor of an insolvent insurer shall be bound by settlements of covered claims by the fund or its representatives. The court having jurisdiction shall grant the covered claims paid by the fund priority, against the assets of the insolvent insurer, over any claims against the assets of the insolvent insurer by claimants having received any payment from the fund for the covered claims, to the extent of the amount of the payments made by the fund. The expenses of the fund in handling claims shall be accorded the same priority as the liquidator's expenses.
c. The fund shall periodically file with the receiver or liquidator of the insolvent insurer statements of the covered claims paid by the fund and estimates of anticipated claims on the fund, which shall preserve the rights of the fund against the assets of the insolvent insurer.
d. The liquidator, receiver, or statutory successor of an insolvent insurer covered by this act shall permit access by the fund or its representative to all of the insolvent insurer's records which would assist the fund in carrying out its functions under this act with regard to covered claims. In addition, the liquidator, receiver or statutory successor shall provide the fund or its representative with copies, or permit copies to be made of the insolvent insurer's records upon request, and at the expense of the fund.
e. The fund shall have the right to recover from the following persons the amount of any covered claim paid to or on behalf of such person pursuant to this act:
(1) An insured whose net worth on December 31 of the year immediately preceding the date the insurer becomes an insolvent insurer exceeds $25 million and whose liability obligations to other persons are satisfied in whole or in part by payments made under P.L.1984, c.101 (C.17:22-6.71 et seq.); and
(2) Any person who is an affiliate of the insolvent insurer and whose liability obligations to other persons are satisfied in whole or in part by payments made under P.L.1984, c.101 (C.17:22-6.71 et seq.).
L.1984,c.101,s.9; amended 2004, c.165, s.5.
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