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§33-5-28. Mergers and consolidations of mutual insurers.

(a) A domestic mutual insurer shall not merge or consolidate with a stock insurer.

(b) A domestic mutual insurer may merge or consolidate with another mutual insurer in accordance with procedures prescribed by general laws applying to corporations formed for profit, except as hereinbelow provided.

(c) The plan and agreement for merger or consolidation shall be submitted to and approved by at least two thirds of the members of each mutual insurer involved voting thereon at meetings called for the purpose pursuant to such reasonable notice and procedure as has been approved by the commissioner. If a life insurer, right to vote may be limited to members whose policies are in face amount of not less than $1,000 and have been in force one year or more.

(d) No such merger or consolidation shall be effectuated unless in advance thereof the plan and agreement therefor have been filed with and approved in writing by the commissioner. The commissioner shall give such approval within a reasonable time after such filing unless he finds such plan or agreement:

(1) Inequitable to the policyholders of any domestic insurer involved; or

(2) Would substantially reduce the security of and service to be rendered to policyholders of the domestic insurer in West Virginia or elsewhere.

If the commissioner does not approve such plan or agreement he shall so notify the insurer in writing specifying his reasons therefor.

Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2017 Regular Session
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