3901.18 Requirements for unauthorized foreign or alien insurer to enter an appearance.

(A) Before any unauthorized foreign or alien insurer may enter an appearance in any court action, suit, or proceeding or in any administrative proceeding before the superintendent of insurance, such unauthorized insurer shall either:

(1) Deposit with the clerk of the court in which such action, suit, or proceeding is pending or with the superintendent if such proceeding is before him, cash or securities or file with such clerk or the superintendent a bond with good and sufficient sureties, to be approved by the court or the superintendent, in an amount to be fixed by the court sufficient to secure the payment of any final judgment which may be rendered in any such court action, suit, or proceeding or by the superintendent sufficient to satisfy any order issued by the superintendent;

(2) Procure a certificate of authority to transact the business of insurance in this state.

(B) In any action, suit, or proceeding, in which service is made in the manner provided in division (B) or (C) of section 3901.17 of the Revised Code the court or, if the proceeding is before the superintendent of insurance, the superintendent may order such postponement as may be necessary to afford the unauthorized insurer reasonable opportunity to comply with the provisions of division (A) of this section and to defend such action, suit, or proceeding.

(C) Nothing in division (A) of this section shall prevent an unauthorized foreign or alien insurer from filing a motion to set aside service made in the manner provided in division (B) or (C) of section 3901.17 of the Revised Code on the ground either:

(1) That such unauthorized insurer has not done any of the acts enumerated in division (A) of section 3901.17 of the Revised Code;

(2) That the person on whom service was made pursuant to division (C) of section 3901.17 of the Revised Code was not doing or had not done any of the acts enumerated in division (C) of section 3901.17 of the Revised Code.

(D) The provisions of this section do not apply to ocean marine insurance.

Cite as R.C. § 3901.18

History. Effective Date: 11-21-1967