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     33-7-123. Commissioner as agent -- service of process -- procedure -- fee. (1) A society authorized to do business in this state shall appoint in writing the commissioner of insurance as its agent upon whom all lawful process in any action or proceeding against it must be served. The society shall agree in writing that any lawful process against it that is served on the commissioner is of the same legal force and validity as if it had been served upon the society. The appointment continues in force as long as any liability remains outstanding in this state. Copies of the appointment, certified by the commissioner, may be admitted in evidence.
     (2) Service may be made only upon the commissioner or, if absent, upon the person in charge of the commissioner's office. Service must be made in duplicate and constitutes service upon the society. When legal process against a society is served upon the commissioner, the commissioner shall forward one of the duplicate copies by certified mail to the secretary or corresponding officer of the society. The service may not require a society to file its answer, pleading, or defense in less than 30 days from the date of mailing the copy of the service to the society.
     (3) Legal process may not be served upon a society except in the manner provided in this section.
     (4) At the time of serving any process upon the commissioner, the plaintiff or complainant in the action shall pay to the commissioner a fee of $2.

     History: En. Sec. 35, Ch. 586, L. 1991.

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