California Code of Regulations
Title 10 - Investment
Chapter 5 - Insurance Commissioner
Subchapter 7.4 - Consumer Complaints
Section 2694 - Criteria for Determining Whether a Consumer Complaint is Justified

Universal Citation: 10 CA Code of Regs 2694

Current through Register 2024 Notice Reg. No. 12, March 22, 2024

(a) A consumer complaint shall be deemed justified within the meaning of California Insurance Code section 12921.1(b) where it meets any one or more of the following criteria:

(1) the Department determines that the licensee's act, acts, omission or omissions were in noncompliance with a specific provision or provisions of the California Insurance Code, California Code of Regulations, or other applicable laws and/or regulations;

(2) the Department determines that the licensee's act, acts, omission or omissions were in contravention of an approved rate filing or filings;

(3) the Department determines that the licensee's act, acts, omission or omissions were in contravention of the licensee's rules, policies, procedures or guidelines as relates to sales, marketing, advertising, underwriting, rating, claims and/or customer service, including rate manual filings, underwriting guidelines and/or other filings, statements or guidelines either submitted to the Department or to which the Department would have access during a market conduct examination and the Department determines that there was no substantial justification for deviation from such rules, policies, procedures or guidelines on the facts presented. For purposes of this subsection, all time restrictions or requirements for reply, response, or other legally required insurer action, shall be measured as against applicable time restrictions or parameters established in the California Insurance Code, California Code of Regulations, or other applicable laws and/or regulations.

(4) the Department determines that the licensee's act, acts, omission or omissions were in contravention of, or were otherwise inconsistent with, a provision or provisions of the insurance policy, contract, bond, or other agreement entered into by the relevant parties;

(5) the Department determines that after receiving a written or documented oral communication related to a claim, benefit underwriting or rating transaction, from a policyholder, insured, applicant, third party claimant, beneficiary, principal, or other party with a legitimate interest in the transaction, where that communication reasonably suggests that a response is expected, the licensee has failed to respond or did not provide a complete response, based on the facts then known by the licensee, within the applicable time restrictions established in the California Insurance Code, California Code of Regulations, other applicable laws and/or regulations or, in the absence of such restrictions, the licensee fails to respond within 15 days. A complete response is defined as one that addresses all issues raised and includes copies of any documentation needed to support the licensee's position.

(6) the Department determines that the specific facts surrounding the complaint as against an insurer merit remedial action within the authority of the Commissioner.

1. New subchapter 7.4 (section 2694) and section filed 3-11-98; operative 3-11-98 pursuant to Government Code section 11343.4(d) (Register 98, No. 11).

Note: Authority cited: Section 12921.1(b), California Insurance Code. Reference: Sections 12921, 12921.1, 12921.3 and 12921.4, California Insurance Code.

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