Chapter 3911: DOMESTIC AND FOREIGN LIFE INSURANCE COMPANIES

3911.01 Authorized types of business.

No life insurance company, organized under the laws of this state, shall undertake any business or risk except as provided in this section, and no company, partnership, or association, organized or incorporated by act of congress, or under the laws of this or any other state of the United States, or by any foreign government, transacting the business of life insurance in this state, shall be permitted to take any kind of risks, except those connected with the making of insurance on life or against accidents to persons, sickness, or temporary or permanent physical disability, and with the granting, purchasing, and disposing of annuities. A life insurance company may also assume reinsurance of medical payments, accidental death, dismemberment, or disability coverages written by any insurance company other than life as supplementary coverages to any policy of liability insurance as described in division (A) of section 3923.20 of the Revised Code. The business of life insurance, or life and accident insurance, in this state, shall not be in any way transacted by any company, partnership, or association which in this state, or in any other state or country, makes insurance on marine, fire, inland, or any other risk, or does a banking or any other kind of business in connection with insurance.

Effective Date: 03-20-1972

3911.011 Variable or fixed and variable benefits or contractual payments.

(A) No policy, annuity, or other contract providing variable or fixed and variable benefits or contractual payments shall be delivered or issued for delivery in this state except by a life insurance company, organized under the laws of this state, or a company, partnership, or association, organized or incorporated, by an act of congress, or under the laws of this or any other state of the United States, or any foreign government, and transacting the business of life insurance in this state. No such company, partnership or association shall deliver or issue for delivery in this state any such policy, annuity, or contract until the superintendent of insurance has determined that its condition and methods of operation in connection with the issuance of the policies, annuities, and contracts will not render its operation hazardous to the public or to the holders of its policies, annuities, and other contracts in this state. In making such determination, the superintendent shall consider the history, reputation, and financial condition of the company, partnership, or association, and the character, responsibility, and general fitness of its officers, directors, partners, or associates. In making such determination with respect to a company, partnership, or association not organized under the laws of this state, the superintendent shall also consider whether the laws and regulations of its domicile provide a degree of protection to the public and the holders of its policies, annuities, and other contracts substantially equal to that provided by this section and any rules adopted by the superintendent pursuant to division (C) of this section. If any such company is a subsidiary of, or affiliated through management or ownership with, a life insurance company authorized to do business in this state, the superintendent may consider the requirements of this division to have been satisfied if either such company or its parent or affiliated company meets such requirements.

(B) No policy, annuity, or other contract described in division (A) of this section and no certificate, application, endorsement, or rider to be used in connection with any such policy, annuity, or other contract shall be delivered, or issued for delivery, in this state until a copy thereof has been filed with the superintendent. The superintendent shall, within thirty days after the filing of any such form, disapprove the same upon finding that such form contains provisions that are unjust, unfair, inequitable, misleading, or deceptive, encourage misrepresentation of the coverage, or are contrary to the insurance laws of this state or any rule adopted by the superintendent pursuant to division (C) of this section. When the superintendent notifies a company, partnership, or association that a form has been disapproved, it shall be unlawful thereafter for the company, partnership, or association to issue or use the form. In the notice, the superintendent shall specify the reason for the disapproval and state that a hearing will be granted in twenty days after request in writing. No such policy, contract, certificate, application, endorsement, or rider shall be issued or used until the expiration of thirty days after it has been so filed, unless the superintendent gives written approval thereto. The superintendent may, at any time after a hearing held not less than twenty days after written notice to the insurer, withdraw the approval of any such form on any ground set forth in this division. The written notice of such hearing shall state the reason for the proposed withdrawal. The company, partnership, or association shall not issue the form or use it after the effective date of the withdrawal. Any order or formal determination of the superintendent under this division shall be subject to judicial review as provided in section 119.12 of the Revised Code.

(C) The superintendent shall have the sole and exclusive power and authority to regulate the sale, delivery, and issuance for delivery in this state of policies, annuities, and other contracts described in division (A) of this section and, subject to Chapter 119. of the Revised Code, to adopt, amend, and rescind rules necessary to discharge the superintendent's duties and exercise the superintendent's power and authority under section 3907.15 of the Revised Code and this section, including, but not limited to, the adoption of a definition of a subsidiary or affiliated corporation under section 3907.15 of the Revised Code.

(D) Except for Chapter 3915. and except as otherwise provided in sections 3907.15 and 3911.011 of the Revised Code, all pertinent provisions of Title XXXIX [39] of the Revised Code apply to all policies, annuities, and other contracts providing variable or fixed and variable benefits or contractual payments and all separate accounts established in connection therewith. The reserve liability for such policies, annuities, and contracts shall be established in accordance with actuarial procedures that recognize the variable nature of the benefits and guarantees provided.

Chapter 1707: of the Revised Code does not apply to any policy, annuity, or other contract providing fixed, variable, or fixed and variable benefits or contractual payments, that is issued by any company, partnership, or association authorized to transact the business of life insurance in this state.

Effective Date: 09-01-2002

3911.012 Reserves for line of sickness and accident insurance.

(A) Each life insurance company authorized to transact business in this state shall maintain reserves, with respect to any line of sickness and accident insurance that it writes, in at least all of the following amounts:

(1) An amount that equals the unearned portions of the gross premiums charged on unexpired or unterminated risks and policies;

(2) An amount that is estimated to be sufficient to provide for the ultimate payment of all losses or claims, whether reported or unreported, for which the company may be liable, if the losses or claims are incurred on or before the date that the annual or interim financial statement is filed and remain unpaid as of that date.

(3) An amount that is estimated to provide for the expenses incurred in adjusting or settling the claims described in division (A)(2) of this section.

(B) Each company shall calculate the reserves required under division (A) of this section in accordance with any rules adopted, in accordance with Chapter 119. of the Revised Code, by the superintendent of insurance.

Effective Date: 08-08-1991

3911.02 Annual statements to superintendent of insurance.

Every life insurance company doing business in this state, and issuing policies on both the participating and nonparticipating plans, shall file with the superintendent of insurance separate annual statements of profits and losses with reference to each of such kinds of insurance.

Effective Date: 10-01-1953

3911.021 Report on measures to detect stranger-originated insurance.

Any insurance company that issues life insurance policies in this state shall file electronically, in a format prescribed by the superintendent of insurance, on or before June first of each year, a description of the measures taken by the insurance company to detect and prevent stranger-originated life insurance. The description shall be attested to by an officer of the company. The reports shall be maintained by the superintendent as confidential and not a matter of public record.

As used in this section, "stranger-originated life insurance" has the same meaning as in section 3916.01 of the Revised Code.

Effective Date: 2008 HB404 09-11-2008

3911.03 Copies of applications and documents.

Every person holding a policy of insurance issued by a company on the life of any person is entitled to be furnished by the company with a copy of any application or document held by it, either written or printed, upon which such policy was issued, or which may affect its validity. Upon demand made for such copy by the holder of a policy, or by any person upon whose life it was so issued, the company shall make and forthwith furnish to such holder or person a certified copy of all such applications or friends certificates, under the hand of the president, secretary, or other proper officer of the company and under its seal.

If such company neglects or fails for thirty days from the time of such demand to furnish to such person a copy of all papers mentioned in this section, it thereafter is forever barred from setting up, by way of defense to a suit on the policy of insurance, any error or incorrectness, or fraud or misrepresentation of the person making such papers, or any mistake therein. Such application or other document shall thereafter be considered as true and correct in all respects, so far as it affects any claim under such policy, or fund secured thereby.

Effective Date: 10-01-1953

3911.04 Copies of applications to accompany policies issued.

Every life insurance company doing business in this state shall return with, and as part of any policy issued by it, to any person taking such policy, a complete copy of each application or other document held by it which is intended in any manner to affect the force or validity of such policy. A company which neglects to do so is estopped from denying the truth of any such application or other document, so long as it is in default for such copy. In case such company neglects for thirty days after demand made therefor, to furnish such copies, it is forever barred from setting up as a defense to any suit on the policy, and incorrectness or want of truth of such application or other document.

Effective Date: 10-01-1953

3911.05 Language of application.

No life insurance company doing business in this state shall take any application, medical certificate, or other document, for insurance upon the life of any person, in cipher or by character of any sort other than ordinary written or printed language. Any application, medical certificate, or other document taken in violation of this section is void as against any person claiming under a policy of insurance issued thereon.

Effective Date: 10-01-1953

3911.06 False answer.

No answer to any interrogatory made by an applicant in his application for a policy shall bar the right to recover upon any policy issued thereon, or be used in evidence at any trial to recover upon such policy, unless it is clearly proved that such answer is willfully false, that it was fraudulently made, that it is material, and that it induced the company to issue the policy, that but for such answer the policy would not have been issued, and that the agent or company had no knowledge of the falsity or fraud of such answer.

Effective Date: 10-01-1953

3911.07 Defenses limited.

After having received three annual premiums on a policy issued on the life of any person in this state, all companies are estopped from defending upon any ground other than fraud against any claim arising upon such policy by reason of errors, omissions, or misstatements of the insured in an application made by him on which the policy was issued, except as to age.

Effective Date: 10-01-1953

3911.08 Minor's contract for insurance.

In respect to insurance issued upon the life of any minor, regardless of the age of the minor at the date of the issuance of said insurance, for the benefit of such minor, or for the benefit of the father, mother, husband, wife, child, brother, or sister of such minor, the insured is not, by reason only of such minority, incompetent to contract for such insurance, or for the surrender of such insurance, or to give a valid discharge for any benefit accruing, or for money payable under the contract, or to contract for the payment of a policy loan, or to contract for any policy change, provided he is fifteen years of age or older on the date he enters into any such contract or gives any such discharge.

Effective Date: 10-01-1953

3911.09 Beneficiaries.

(A) Any person may procure, authorize procurement of, or effect an insurance on the person's life, for any definite period of time or for the term of the person's natural life, to inure to the benefit of the person's spouse and children, or either, or other persons dependent upon such person, or an institution or entity described in division (B)(1) of this section, or any creditor the person causes to be appointed and provided for in the policy.

(B)

(1) Any religious, charitable, scientific, literary, educational, or other institution or entity that is described in section 170, 501(c)(3), 2055, or 2522 of the "Internal Revenue Code of 1986," 100 Stat. 2085, 26 U.S.C.A. 170 , 501 , 2055 , 2522 , as amended, may be the owner of, or may be designated beneficiary in, any policy of life insurance issued upon the life or lives of one or more individuals. Any such institution or entity has an insurable interest in the life of each insured and is entitled to enforce all rights and collect all benefits to which it is entitled pursuant to the policy.

(2) With respect to any policy of life insurance delivered or issued for delivery in this state before the effective date of this amendment and in which any institution or entity described in division (B)(1) of this section has been designated owner of or beneficiary, the institution or entity has an insurable interest in the life of each insured and is entitled to enforce all rights and collect all benefits to which it is entitled pursuant to the policy.

(3) With respect to any transfer of ownership or designation of beneficiary executed before the effective date of this amendment and in which any institution or entity described in division (B)(1) of this section has been designated owner or beneficiary, the institution or entity has an insurable interest in the life of each insured and is entitled to enforce all rights and collect all benefits to which it is entitled pursuant to the policy under which the transfer or designation was executed.

Effective Date: 07-08-1992

3911.091 Proceeds or avails free from claims of creditors.

(A) As used in this section, "employer" means any individual, sole proprietorship, partnership, limited liability company, corporation, or any other entity that is doing business in this state. "Employer" also includes all entities or persons that are controlled by or affiliated with any such individual, sole proprietorship, partnership, limited liability company, corporation, or other entity. Whether an entity or person is controlled by or affiliated with another shall be determined by applying the principles set forth, on January 1, 1993, in subsections 414(b) and (c) of the "Internal Revenue Code of 1986," 100 Stat. 2085, 26 U.S.C.A. 414 , except that a voting power of fifty-one per cent shall be applied to the determination of control or affiliation for purposes of this section.

(B) An employer, or a trust that is sponsored by an employer for the benefit of its employees, has an insurable interest in each of the lives of its employees, directors, and retired employees. Notwithstanding sections 3911.09 and 3917.01 of the Revised Code, an employer or trust may insure for its own benefit the lives of its employees, directors, or retired employees, on an individual or group basis, with the prior written consent of the prospective insured. At the time the employer or trust seeks the consent of the prospective insured, the employer or trust shall disclose in writing to the prospective insured that the employer or trust may maintain the proposed life insurance in force after the insured's employment terminates or the insured's retirement benefits expire.

(C) An employer's or trust's insurable interest in the lives of its nonmanagement and retired employees is limited to an amount of aggregate projected death benefits commensurate with the aggregate projected gross liabilities for such employees under all employee benefit plans, as defined in section 1002 of the "Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974," 88 Stat. 829, 29 U.S.C.A. 1002 , as amended. Calculations of life insurance benefits and employee benefit liabilities under this division shall be made in accordance with generally accepted actuarial principles. Matching of such life insurance benefits and employee benefit liabilities may be carried out on a cash flow, present value, or other appropriate basis.

(D) No employer or trust may retaliate or take any other adverse action against any employee, director, or retired employee because the employee, director, or retired employee has refused to consent to the insuring of the employee's, director's, or retired employee's life under this section.

(E) The effective date of a policy of life insurance, rather than the date of an insured's death or the filing of a claim, shall be used when determining the existence or extent of an insurable interest under this section.

(F) This section does not limit or affect any other insurable interest that may exist at common law or that has been established by statute.

Effective Date: 11-03-1995

3911.10 Exemption of proceeds from claims of creditors.

All contracts of life or endowment insurance or annuities upon the life of any person, or any interest therein, which may hereafter mature and which have been taken out for the benefit of, or made payable by change of beneficiary, transfer, or assignment to, the spouse or children, or any persons dependent upon such person, or an institution or entity described in division (B)(1) of section 3911.09 of the Revised Code, or any creditor, or to a trustee for the benefit of such spouse, children, dependent persons, institution or entity, or creditor, shall be held, together with the proceeds or avails of such contracts, subject to a change of beneficiary if desired, free from all claims of the creditors of such insured person or annuitant. Subject to the statute of limitations, the amount of any premium upon such contracts, endowments, or annuities, paid in fraud of creditors, with interest thereon, shall inure to their benefit from the proceeds of the contracts, but the company issuing any such contract is discharged of all liability thereon by the payment of its proceeds in accordance with its terms, unless, before such payment, written notice is given to it by a creditor, specifying the amount of the claim and the premiums which the creditor alleges have been fraudulently paid.

Effective Date: 07-08-1992

3911.11 Married person may insure life of spouse.

A married person may individually and in such person's own name, or in the name of a third person with assent as the third person's trustee, cause the life of the person's spouse to be insured for such person's sole use, for any definite period or for the term of the natural life of such spouse, and, if any person obtaining such insurance survives such period or term, the amount of insurance becoming due and payable by the terms of the insurance shall be payable to such person, free from the claims of the representatives of the spouse or any creditors of the spouse.

Effective Date: 08-31-1976

3911.12 Policy assigned to a married person.

A policy of insurance on the life of any person, or any interest therein, assigned, transferred, or made payable to a married person, or to any person, firm, or corporation in trust for such married person or for such married person's benefit, whether such transfer is made by the spouse of such married person or by another person, shall inure to the benefit of such married person independently of the spouse of such married person or the creditors of the spouse, or of the person effecting or transferring the policy or such person's creditors.

Effective Date: 10-16-1980

3911.13 Beneficiary in case of death of spouse.

The amount of the insurance provided for in sections 3911.09 to 3911.12 of the Revised Code, may be made payable, in case of death of the spouse before the period at which it becomes due, to his, her, or their children, in being at the date of the policy or born thereafter, for their use, or to their guardian if they are under age, or to any person, firm, or corporation in trust for them for their benefit, as provided in the policy of insurance. If there are no children or other designated beneficiary or assignee, upon the death of the spouse, such policy shall revert to and become the property of the party whose life is insured, unless it has been transferred.

Effective Date: 08-31-1976

3911.14 Proceeds of policy.

Any life insurance company, organized or licensed to do business under the laws of this state, may hold the proceeds of any life or endowment insurance or annuity contract issued by it upon such terms and restrictions as to revocation by the insured and control by beneficiaries, with such exemptions from legal process and the claims of creditors of beneficiaries other than the insured, and upon such other terms and conditions, irrespective of the time and manner of payment of said proceeds, as have been agreed to in writing by such company and the insured or beneficiary. Such insurance company is not required to segregate funds so held but may hold them as a part of its general corporate assets. Any life or endowment insurance or annuity contract issued by a domestic, foreign, or alien company may provide that the proceeds thereof or payments thereunder shall not be subject to transfer, anticipation, commutation, or encumbrances by any beneficiary, and shall not be subject to the claims of creditors of any beneficiary other than the insured or any legal process against any beneficiary other than the insured; if said contract so provides, the benefits accruing thereunder to such beneficiary other than the insured shall not be transferable nor subject to commutation, encumbrance, or legal process.

This section does not impair or affect the rights of creditors under section 3911.10 of the Revised Code.

Effective Date: 10-01-1953

3911.15 Policy to defraud creditors.

If a policy of life insurance is procured by a person with intent to defraud his creditors, an amount equal to the premium paid thereon, with interest, shall inure to the benefit of his creditors, subject to the statute of limitations.

Effective Date: 10-01-1953

3911.16 Discrimination against persons of African descent prohibited.

No life insurance company organized or doing business within this state shall:

(A) Make any distinction or discrimination on the basis of race as to premiums or rates charged for life insurance policies ;

(B) Demand or require greater premiums from persons who are of different races and who are of the same age, sex, general condition of health, and hope of longevity;

(C) Make or require any rebate, diminution, or discount on the basis of race upon the sum to be paid on a life insurance policy in case of the death of the person insured;

(D) Insert in the policy on the basis of race any condition or stipulation by which a person binds self, or the person's heirs, executors, administrators, or assigns, to accept any sum less than the full value or amount of the policy in case of a claim accruing thereon by reason of the death of the person insured .

Any stipulation or condition described in division (D) of this section so made or inserted is void.

If a life insurance company denies an applicant life insurance and the applicant believes that the denial was on the basis of race, the insurance company shall provide, upon the request of the applicant, the specific reason or reasons for the denial, as provided in section 3904.10 of the Revised Code, as well as an affirmation that the denial was not on the basis of race.

Effective Date: 05-04-2004

3911.17 Prohibition against discrimination.

No life insurance company organized or doing business in this state, or an officer or agent thereof, shall violate any law relating to discrimination by demanding or receiving different premiums on the basis of race, by allowing a discount or rebate on the basis of race upon a premium paid or to be paid by persons who are of the same age, sex, general condition of health, and hope of longevity, by making or requiring a rebate, diminution, or discount from the sum to be paid upon a policy on the basis of race, or by failing to furnish information required under section 3904.10 or 3911.16 of the Revised Code.

This section does not require a life insurance company, or an agent thereof, to take or receive an application for insurance from any person.

Effective Date: 05-04-2004

3911.18 Discriminations by agent of life insurance company prohibited.

No person, for himself or as officer, agent, solicitor, employee, or representative of a life insurance company doing business in this state, shall make or permit a distinction or discrimination in favor of individuals between any insured persons of the same class and of equal expectation of life in the amount or payment of premiums or in rates charged for policies of life or endowment insurance, or in the dividends or other benefits payable thereon, or in any other of the terms and conditions of the contracts which such company makes. No such person shall pay, allow, or give, or offer to pay, allow or give, directly or indirectly, as inducement to insurance, or knowingly receive as such inducement to insurance, any rebate of premium payable on the policy, or any special favor or advantage in the dividends or other benefits to accrue thereon, or any special advantage in the date of a policy or date of the issue thereof, or any valuable consideration or other inducement. No such person shall give, receive, sell, or purchase, or offer to give, receive, sell, or purchase, as inducements to insurance or in connection therewith any stock, bonds, or other obligations or securities of any insurance company or other corporation, association, partnership, or individual, or any dividends or profits to accrue thereon, or any paid employment or contract for services of any kind or anything of value.

The fines which are levied and collected for the violation of this section shall be paid to the county treasurer for the use of the schools as provided in sections 3315.31 and 3315.32 of the Revised Code. This section does not forbid a company, transacting industrial insurance on a weekly payment plan, from returning to policyholders who have made premium payments for a period of at least one year, directly to the company at its home or district offices, a percentage of the premium which the company would have paid for the weekly collection of such premium.

Effective Date: 10-01-1953

3911.19 Premium discriminations.

No life insurance company doing business in this state shall make or permit any distinction or discrimination in favor of individuals between any insured persons of the same class and equal expectation of life in the amount or payment of premiums, or in rates charged for policies of life or endowment insurance, or in the dividends or other benefits payable thereon, or in any other of the terms and conditions of the contracts it makes. No such company, or any agent thereof, shall make any contract of insurance, or agreement as to such contract, other than one that is plainly expressed in the policy issued thereon.

Effective Date: 10-01-1953

3911.20 Prohibition against rebates and special favors - bonuses and industrial insurance excepted.

No life insurance company doing business in this state, whether on the group insurance or any other plan, shall make or permit any distinction or discrimination in favor of individuals between insured persons of the same class and equal expectation of life in the amount of payment of premiums, or in rates charged for policies of insurance, or in the dividends or other benefits payable thereon, or in any other of the terms and conditions of the contracts it makes. No such company, or any agent thereof, shall make any contract of insurance or agreement as to such contract, other than as plainly expressed in the policy issued thereon.

No life insurance company doing business in this state, or any officer, agent, employee, or representative thereof, nor any other person, shall pay, allow, or give, or offer to pay, allow, or give, directly or indirectly, as an inducement to insurance, nor shall any person, partnership or corporation knowingly receive as such inducement to insurance, any rebate of premium payable on the policy or any special favor or advantage in the dividends or other benefits to accrue thereon, or any special advantage in the date of a policy or date of the issue thereof, or any valuable consideration or inducement. Nor shall such company or person give, receive, sell, or purchase, or offer to give, receive, sell, or purchase, as inducements to insurance or in connection therewith, any stocks, bonds, or other obligations or securities of any insurance company or other corporation, association, partnership, or individual, or any dividends or profits to accrue thereon, or any paid employment or contract for service of any kind, or anything of value; nor shall such company or person give or offer to give, or enter into any separate agreement promising to secure, as an inducement or consideration for insurance, the loan of any money, either directly or indirectly, or any contract for services; nor shall such company or person require as a condition of or in connection with the granting of a loan, that the applicant or borrower or any other person, either directly or indirectly, acquire a policy of life or accident and health insurance from any particular company, agent, or person.

No person shall receive or accept from any company, agent, sub-agent, or any other person any such rebate of premium payable on the policy, or any special favor or advantage in the dividend or other benefits to accrue thereon, or any valuable consideration or inducement not specified in the policy of insurance. No person shall be excused from testifying or from producing any books, papers, contracts, agreements, or documents at the trial of any other person charged with violation of this section, upon the ground that such testimony or evidence may tend to incriminate, but no person shall be prosecuted or subjected to any penalty or forfeiture on account of any transaction, matter, or thing concerning which he so testifies or produces evidence, and no testimony so given or produced shall be received against him upon any criminal investigation or proceeding involving rebates or violation of insurance laws.

This section does not prohibit any company issuing nonparticipating life insurance from paying bonuses to policyholders or otherwise abating their premiums out of surplus accumulated from nonparticipating insurance; nor does it prohibit any company which transacts industrial insurance on the weekly payment plan from returning to policyholders, who have made premium payments for a period of at least one year directly to the company at its home or district offices, a percentage of the premium which the company would have paid for the weekly collection of such payments.

In so far as it is adaptable to the conduct of such business, this section is also applicable to the sale and purchase of annuities by and from life insurance companies.

Effective Date: 08-11-1959

3911.21 Revocation of license for discrimination.

The superintendent of insurance, upon conviction of any life insurance company, or of any agent thereof, for violation of section 3911.19 or 3911.20 of the Revised Code, or upon his being satisfied of the violation of either of said sections and after reasonable notice to the accused of the time and place of hearing, shall revoke the license of such company or agent, and no license shall be granted to such company or agent for a period of three years after such revocation.

Effective Date: 10-01-1953

3911.22 Solicitor is agent of company.

Any person who solicits an application for insurance upon the life of another person shall, in any controversy between the insured or his beneficiary and the company issuing a policy upon such application, be considered the agent of the company and not the agent of the insured.

Effective Date: 10-01-1953

3911.23 Misrepresentation prohibited.

No life insurance company doing business in this state, and no officer, director, representative, or other agent thereof, or any other person, firm, partnership, association, or corporation, shall knowingly make, issue, or circulate, or cause or knowingly permit to be made, issued, or circulated, any estimate, illustration, circular, or statement of any sort which misrepresents the terms of any policy issued or to be issued by it or any other company, or the benefits or advantages promised thereby, or makes any misleading estimate of the dividends or shares of surplus to be received thereon; nor shall such organization or person use any name or title of any policy or class of policies which misrepresents the true nature thereof.

No such life insurance company or officer, director, or agent thereof, or any other person, firm, partnership, association, corporation, or representative shall make any misrepresentation or incomplete comparison, oral or written, to any person insured in any company for the purpose of inducing or tending to induce a policyholder in any company to lapse, forfeit, change, or surrender his life insurance whether it is of a temporary or a permanent plan.

Effective Date: 10-01-1953

3911.24 Revocation of license for misrepresentation.

Upon the conviction of any person, firm, association, or life insurance company for violating section 3911.23 of the Revised Code, the superintendent of insurance shall revoke the license of such person, firm, association, or life insurance company for not less than one year.

The superintendent, when he has good reason to believe that any company or association writing life insurance in this state, on any plan, is knowingly permitting any of its agents or representatives to violate section 3911.23 of the Revised Code, shall give such company or association notice of a hearing in accordance with sections 119.01 to 119.13 , inclusive, of the Revised Code, upon the charge of knowingly permitting said section to be violated, and, if he finds said company or association guilty of the offense, he shall revoke its license.

Effective Date: 10-01-1953

3911.99 Penalty.

(A) Whoever violates section 3911.17 of the Revised Code shall be fined not less than one hundred nor more than two hundred dollars.

(B) Whoever violates section 3911.18 of the Revised Code shall be fined not less than one hundred nor more than five hundred dollars or imprisoned not more than thirty days, or both; in addition such person shall pay the costs of the prosecution.

(C) Whoever violates section 3911.20 of the Revised Code shall be fined not more than five hundred dollars or imprisoned not more than thirty days, or both; in addition such person shall pay the costs of the prosecution.

(D) Whoever violates section 3911.23 of the Revised Code shall be fined not less than one hundred nor more than five hundred dollars and may be imprisoned not more than six months.

Effective Date: 10-01-1953