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The DC Code: § 31-708 Confidential treatment.

Index31 Insurance and Securities. (Refs & Annos)
a
Documents, materials, or other information in the possession or control of the Department of Insurance, Securities, and Banking that are obtained by or disclosed to the Commissioner or any other person in the course of an examination or investigation made under § 31-707, and all information reported under §§ 31-705 and 31-706, shall be confidential and privileged; shall not be subject to subchapter II of Chapter 5 of Title 2; shall not be subject to subpoena; and shall not be subject to discovery or admissible in evidence in a private civil action; provided, that:
1
The Commissioner may use the documents, materials or other information in the furtherance of any regulatory or legal action brought as a part of the Commissioner's official duties.
2
The Commissioner may make the documents, materials, or other information public with the prior written consent of the insurer to which it pertains.
3
If the Commissioner, after giving the insurer and its affiliates who would be affected notice and opportunity to be heard, determines that the interest of policyholders, shareholders or the public will be served by the publication of the documents, materials, or other information, the Commissioner may publish all or any part of the documents, materials, or other information in the manner that the Commissioner considers appropriate.
b
The Commissioner or any person who received documents, materials, or other information while acting under the authority of the Commissioner shall not be permitted or required to testify in a private civil action concerning confidential documents, materials, or other information subject to subsection (a) of this section.
c
To assist in the performance of the Commissioner's duties, the Commissioner:
1
May share documents, materials, or other information, including confidential and privileged documents, materials, or other information subject to subsection (a) of this section, 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 and privileged status of the documents, materials, or other information;
2
May receive documents, materials, or other information, including confidential and privileged documents, materials, or other information, from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, including its affiliates and subsidiaries, and from regulatory and law enforcement officials of other foreign or domestic jurisdictions, and shall maintain as confidential or privileged any document, material, or other information received with notice or the understanding that it is confidential or privileged under the laws of the jurisdiction that is the source of the document, material, or other information; or
3
May enter into agreements governing the sharing and use of information consistent with this section.
d
No waiver of an applicable privilege or claim of confidentiality in the documents, materials, or other information shall occur as a result of disclosure to the Commissioner under this section or of sharing as authorized in subsection (c) of 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.

Historical and Statutory

Prior Codifications 1981 Ed., § 35-3708. Effect of Amendments D.C. Law 13-191 rewrote this section which formerly provided: "All information, documents, and copies obtained by or disclosed to the Mayor or any other person in the course of an examination or investigation made pursuant to § 35-3707 and all information reported pursuant to §§ 35-3705 and 35-3706 shall be given confidential treatment, shall not be subject to subpoena, and shall not be made public by the Mayor, the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, or any other person, except to insurance departments of other states, without the prior written consent of the insurer to which it pertains, unless the Mayor, after giving the insurer and its affiliates who would be affected notice and opportunity to be heard, determines that the interest of policyholders, shareholders, or the public will be served by publication, in which event the Mayor may publish all or any part in such a manner as he or she deems appropriate." D.C. Law 15-166, in subsec. (a), 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(e) 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 10-44, see Historical and Statutory Notes following § 31-701. 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 § 31-101. DC CODE § 31-708 Current through December 11, 2012

Credits

(Oct. 21, 1993, D.C. Law 10-44, § 9, 40 DCR 6027; Oct. 21, 2000, D.C. Law 13-191, § 3, 47 DCR 7311; June 11, 2004, D.C. Law 15-166, § 4(e), 51 DCR 2817.)