3935.14 Copy of order of superintendent - appeal from order - procedure.

After the superintendent of insurance makes an order, he shall, not later than the day following the issuance thereof, serve a certified copy of such order upon the parties, together with a statement of the time and method by which an appeal may be perfected. A copy of such order shall be mailed to attorneys of record representing the parties.

Any insurer, advisory organization, or rating bureau, aggrieved by any order or decision of the superintendent made without a hearing, may, within thirty days after notice of the order to the insurer or bureau, make written request to the superintendent for a hearing thereon. The superintendent shall hear such party within twenty days after receipt of such request and shall give not less than ten days' written notice of the time and place of the hearing. Within fifteen days after such hearing the superintendent shall affirm, reverse, or modify his previous action, specifying his reasons therefor. Pending such hearing and decision thereon, the superintendent may suspend or postpone the effective date of his previous action.

The superintendent may postpone or continue any hearing upon the application of any party or upon his own motion.

Where the record of a hearing may be the basis of an appeal to court, a full and complete stenographic record of the hearing shall be made.

All orders of the superintendent issued pursuant to sections 3935.01 to 3935.17 , inclusive, of the Revised Code, other than in adopting, amending, or rescinding rules, shall be governed entirely by said sections.

Any party adversely affected by an order of the superintendent issued pursuant to an adjudication may appeal to the court of common pleas of Franklin county.

Any party desiring to appeal shall file a notice of appeal with the superintendent, setting forth the order appealed from and the grounds of his appeal. A copy of such notice of appeal shall also be filed by the appellant with the court. Such notices of appeal shall be filed within fifteen days after the mailing of the notice of the superintendent's order as provided in this section.

The filing of a notice of appeal shall not automatically operate as a suspension of the order of the superintendent. If it appears to the court that an unusual hardship to the appellant will result from the execution of the superintendent's order pending determination of the appeal, the court may grant a suspension and fix its terms.

Within ten days after receipt of notice of appeal from an order in any case in which a hearing is required by sections 3935.01 to 3935.17 , inclusive, of the Revised Code, the superintendent shall prepare and certify to the court a complete record of the proceedings in said case. Such record shall be prepared and transcribed, and the expense thereof shall be taxed as a part of the costs on the appeal. The appellant must provide security for costs satisfactory to the court of common pleas. Upon demand by any interested party, the superintendent shall furnish, at the cost of the party requesting same, a copy of the stenographic report of testimony offered and evidence submitted at any hearing and a copy of the complete record.

In the hearing of the appeal the court shall be confined to the record as certified to it by the superintendent, provided that the court may grant a request for the admission of additional evidence when satisfied that such additional evidence is newly discovered and could not with reasonable diligence have been ascertained prior to the hearing before the superintendent.

The court shall conduct a hearing on such appeal and shall give preference to all proceedings under sections 3935.01 to 3935.17 , inclusive, of the Revised Code, over all other civil cases, irrespective of the position of any such proceedings on the calendar of the court. The hearing in the court of common pleas shall proceed as in the trial of a civil action, and the court shall determine the rights of the parties in accordance with the law applicable to such action. At such hearing counsel may be heard on oral argument, briefs may be submitted, and evidence introduced if the court has granted a request for the presentation of additional evidence.

The court may affirm, reverse, vacate, or modify the order of the superintendent complained of in the appeal, and its order shall be final and conclusive unless reversed, vacated, or modified on appeal.

The court shall certify its judgment to the superintendent or take such other action in connection therewith as may be required to give its judgment effect.

Effective Date: 10-01-1953