THE INSURANCE CODE OF 1956 (EXCERPT)
Act 218 of 1956
500.1244 Violation of chapter; hearing; serving copy of findings and cease and desist order; additional orders; reopening, altering, modifying, or setting aside order; violation of cease and desist order; notice and hearing; civil fine; suspension or revocation of license; disposition of fine.
(1) If the commissioner finds that a person has violated this chapter, after an opportunity for a hearing pursuant to the administrative procedures act of 1969, 1969 PA 306, MCL 24.201 to 24.328, the commissioner shall reduce the findings and decision to writing and shall issue and cause to be served upon the person charged with the violation a copy of the findings and an order requiring the person to cease and desist from the violation. In addition, the commissioner may order any of the following:
(a) Payment of a civil fine of not more than $500.00 for each violation. However, if the person knew or reasonably should have known that he or she was in violation of this chapter, the commissioner may order the payment of a civil fine of not more than $2,500.00 for each violation. An order of the commissioner under this subsection shall not require the payment of civil fines exceeding $25,000.00. A fine collected under this subdivision shall be turned over to the state treasurer and credited to the general fund of the state.
(b) A refund of any overcharges.
(c) That restitution be made to the insured or other claimant to cover incurred losses, damages, or other harm attributable to the acts of the person found to be in violation of this chapter.
(d) The suspension or revocation of the person's license.
(2) The commissioner may by order, after notice and opportunity for hearing, reopen and alter, modify, or set aside, in whole or in part, an order issued under this section, if in the opinion of the commissioner conditions of fact or of law have changed to require that action, or if the public interest requires that action.
(3) If a person knowingly violates a cease and desist order under this chapter and has been given notice and an opportunity for a hearing held pursuant to the administrative procedures act of 1969, 1969 PA 306, MCL 24.201 to 24.328, the commissioner may order a civil fine of not more than $10,000.00 for each violation, or a suspension or revocation of the person's license, or both. An order issued by the commissioner pursuant to this subsection shall not require the payment of civil fines exceeding $50,000.00. A fine collected under this subsection shall be turned over to the state treasurer and credited to the general fund of the state.
(4) The commissioner may apply to the circuit court of Ingham county for an order of the court enjoining a violation of this chapter.
History: Add. 1972, Act 133, Eff. Mar. 30, 1973
Am. 1984, Act 7, Imd. Eff. Feb. 1, 1984
Am. 2001, Act 228, Eff. Mar. 1, 2002
Popular Name: Act 218
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