In all proceedings and judicial reviews under § 31-1308, all records of the insurer, other documents, all Department of Insurance, Securities, and Banking files, court records, and papers, so far as they pertain to or are a part of the record of the proceedings, shall be and remain confidential except as is necessary to obtain compliance, unless and until the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, after hearing arguments from the parties in chambers, shall order otherwise, or unless the insurer requests that the matter be made public. Until such a court order, all papers filed with the clerk of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia shall be held in a confidential file. The Commissioner may share documents, materials, or other information in the possession or control of the Department of Insurance, Securities, and Banking pertaining to an insurer that is the subject of a proceeding under this chapter with other state, federal, and international regulatory agencies; with the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, including its affiliates and subsidiaries; and with state, federal, and international law enforcement authorities; provided, that the recipient agrees, and has the legal authority, to maintain the confidentiality of the documents, material, or other information. No waiver of an applicable privilege or claim of confidentiality shall occur as a result of disclosure to the Commissioner or of sharing documents, materials, or other information under this section. Nothing in this section shall require an insurer to disclose documents, materials, or other information that is not otherwise required by law to be disclosed.
Prior Codifications 1981 Ed., § 35-2809. Effect of Amendments D.C. Law 13-191 added the concluding three sentences to the section. D.C. Law 15-166 substituted "Department of Insurance, Securities, and Banking" for "Department of Insurance Securities" and substituted "Department of Insurance, Securities, and Banking" for "Department of Insurance and Securities Regulation". Emergency Act Amendments For temporary (90 day) amendment of section, see § 4(i)(3) of Consolidation of Financial Services Emergency Amendment Act of 2004 (D.C. Act 15-381, February 27, 2004, 51 DCR 2653). Legislative History of Laws For legislative history of D.C. Law 10-35, see Historical and Statutory Notes following § 31-1301. For legislative history of D.C. Law 11-268, see Historical and Statutory Notes following § 31-1301. Law 13-191, the "Insurer Confidentiality and Information Sharing Amendment Act of 2000," was introduced in Council and assigned Bill No. 13-706, which was referred to the Committee on Consumer and Regulatory Affairs. The Bill was adopted on first and second readings on June 26, 2000, and July 11, 2000, respectively. Signed by the Mayor on August 4, 2000, it was assigned Act No. 13-419 and transmitted to both Houses of Congress for its review. D.C. Law 13- 191 became effective on October 21, 2000. For Law 15-166, see notes following § 31-1004. DC CODE § 31-1309 Current through December 11, 2012
(Oct. 15, 1993, D.C. Law 10-35, § 10, 40 DCR 5773; May 21, 1997, D.C. Law 11-268, § 10(z)(1), 44 DCR 1730; Oct. 21, 2000, D.C. Law 13-191, § 2(a), 47 DCR 7311; June 11, 2004, D.C. Law 15-166, § 4(i)(3), 51 DCR 2817.)