3935.12 Advisory organizations.

(A) Every group, association, or other organization of insurers, whether located within or outside this state, which assists insurers which make their own filings or rating bureaus in rate making, by the collection and furnishing of loss or expense statistics, or by the submission of recommendations, but which does not make filings under sections 3935.01 to 3935.17 , inclusive, of the Revised Code, shall be known as an advisory organization.

(B) Every advisory organization shall file the following items with the superintendent of insurance:

(1) A copy of its constitution, its articles of agreement or association or its certificate of incorporation, and of its bylaws, rules, and regulations governing its activities;

(2) A list of its members;

(3) The name and address of a resident of this state upon whom notices or orders of the superintendent or process issued at his direction may be served;

(4) An agreement that the superintendent may examine such advisory organization in accordance with section 3935.11 of the Revised Code.

(C) If, after a hearing, the superintendent finds that the furnishing of information or assistance to insurers by such advisory organization involves any act or practice which is unfair, unreasonable, or otherwise inconsistent with sections 3935.01 to 3935.17 , inclusive, of the Revised Code, he may issue a written order specifying in what respects such act or practice is unfair, unreasonable, or otherwise inconsistent with said sections, and requiring the discontinuance of such act or practice.

(D) No insurer which makes its own filings, nor any rating bureau, shall support its filings by statistics or adopt rate-making recommendations furnished to it by an advisory organization which has not complied with this section or with an order of the superintendent involving such statistics or recommendations issued under division (C) of this section. If the superintendent finds such insurer or rating bureau to be in violation of this division, he may issue an order requiring the discontinuance of such violation.

Effective Date: 10-01-1953