Law:Title 2. Texas Department Of Insurance. Subtitle A. Administration Of The Texas Department Of Insurance from Chapter 34. Immunity From Liability (Texas)

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Subtitle A. Administration Of The Texas Department Of Insurance

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Chapter 34. Immunity From Liability

Section  34.001.  Personal Immunity.

A person who is the commissioner or an employee of the department is not personally liable in a civil action for:

(1)  an act performed in good faith within the scope of that person's authority; or

(2)  damages caused by an official act or omission of that person unless the act or omission is corrupt or malicious.

Added by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 101, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1999.



Section  34.002.  Immunity For Furnishing Information Relating To Fraud.

(a) A person is not liable in a civil action, including an action for libel or slander, and a civil action may not be brought against the person, for furnishing information relating to suspected, anticipated, or completed fraudulent insurance acts if the information is provided to or received from:

(1)  the commissioner or an employee of the department;

(2)  a law enforcement agency of this state, of another state, or of the United States or an employee of the agency;

(3)  the National Association of Insurance Commissioners or an employee of the association; or

(4)  a state or federal governmental agency established to detect and prevent fraudulent insurance acts or to regulate the business of insurance or an employee of the agency.

(b)  A person may furnish information as described in Subsection (a) orally or in writing, including through publishing, disseminating, or filing bulletins or reports.

(c)  Subsection (a) does not apply to a person who acts with malice, fraudulent intent, or bad faith.

(d)  A person to whom Subsection (a) applies who prevails in a civil action arising from the furnishing of information as described in Subsection (a) is entitled to attorney's fees and costs if the action was not substantially justified. In this subsection, "substantially justified" means there was a reasonable basis in law or fact to bring the action at the time the action was initiated.

Added by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 101, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1999.



Section  34.003.  Immunity For Investigations And Related Reports.

(a) A person who is the commissioner or an employee, agent, or designee of the department is not liable in a civil action, including an action for libel or slander, because of:

(1)  an investigation of a violation of this code or an alleged fraudulent insurance act; or

(2)  the publication or dissemination of an official report related to the investigation.

(b)  Subsection (a) does not apply to a person who acts with malice.

Added by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 101, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1999.



Section  34.004.  Immunity For Use Of Annual Statement Information.

(a) A person is not liable in a civil action, including an action for libel or slander, for collecting, reviewing, analyzing, disseminating, or reporting information collected from annual statements filed under Chapter 802 if the person is:

(1)  the department, the commissioner, or an employee of the department;

(2)  a member or employee of or delegate to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners or an authorized committee, subcommittee, or task force of that association; or

(3)  another person who is responsible for collecting, reviewing, analyzing, and disseminating information from filed annual statement convention blanks.

(b)  Subsection (a) does not apply to a person who acts with malice.

Added by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 101, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1999.

Amended by:

Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 730, Sec. 2B.001, eff. April 1, 2009.



Section  34.005.  Effect Of Chapter On Other Immunity.

This chapter does not affect or modify any common law or statutory privilege or immunity.

Added by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 101, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1999.


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