2017 New Jersey Revised Statutes
TITLE 17B - INSURANCE
Section 17B:30B-2 - Definitions relative to viatical settlements.

17B:30B-2 Definitions relative to viatical settlements.

2. As used in this act:

"Advertising" means any written, electronic or printed communication or any communication by means of recorded telephone messages or transmitted on radio, television, the Internet or similar communications media, including film strips, motion pictures and videos, published, disseminated, circulated or placed before the public, directly or indirectly, for the purpose of creating an interest in or inducing a person to sell a life insurance policy pursuant to a viatical settlement contract.

"Business of viatical settlements" means an activity involved in, but not limited to, the offering, solicitation, negotiation, procurement, effectuation, financing, monitoring, tracking, underwriting, selling, transferring, assigning, pledging, hypothecating of, or in any other manner involving, viatical settlement contracts.

"Chronically ill" means:

(1) Being unable to perform at least two activities of daily living, including, but not limited, to eating, toileting, transferring, bathing, dressing or continence;

(2) Requiring substantial supervision to protect the individual from threats to health and safety due to severe cognitive impairment; or

(3) Having a level of disability similar to that described in paragraph (1) of this subsection as determined by the United States Secretary of Health and Human Services.

"Commissioner" means the Commissioner of Banking and Insurance.

"Department" means the Department of Banking and Insurance.

"Financing entity" means:

(1) an underwriter, placement agent, lender, purchaser of securities, purchaser of a policy from a viatical settlement provider, credit enhancer, or any entity that has a direct ownership in a policy that is the subject of a viatical settlement contract but:

(a) whose principal activity related to the transaction is providing funds to effect the viatical settlement contract or purchase of one or more viaticated policies; and

(b) who has an agreement in writing with one or more licensed viatical settlement providers to finance the acquisition of viatical settlement contracts.

(2) "Financing entity" does not include a non-accredited investor or purchaser of a policy from a viatical settlement provider.

"Fraudulent viatical settlement act" means and includes:

(1) Acts or omissions committed by any person who, knowingly or with intent to defraud, for the purpose of depriving another of property or for pecuniary gain, commits, or permits its employees or its agents to engage in acts including:

(a) Presenting, causing to be presented or preparing with knowledge or belief that it will be presented to or by a viatical settlement provider, life insurance producer, financing entity, insurer or any other person, false material information, or concealing material information, as part of, in support of or concerning a fact material to one or more of the following:

(i) An application for the issuance of a viatical settlement contract or insurance policy;

(ii) The underwriting of a viatical settlement contract or insurance policy;

(iii) A claim for payment or benefit pursuant to a viatical settlement contract or insurance policy;

(iv) Premiums paid on an insurance policy;

(v) Payments and changes in ownership or beneficiary made in accordance with the terms of a viatical settlement contract or insurance policy;

(vi) The reinstatement or conversion of an insurance policy;

(vii) The solicitation, offer, effectuation or sale of a settlement contract or insurance policy;

(viii) The issuance of written evidence of a viatical settlement contract or insurance; or

(ix) A financing transaction;

(b) Employing any device, scheme, or artifice to defraud related to viaticated policies;

(2) In the furtherance of a fraud or to prevent the detection of a fraud any person commits or permits its employees or its agents to:

(a) Remove, conceal, alter, destroy or sequester from the commissioner the assets or records of a viatical settlement provider licensee or other person engaged in the business of viatical settlements;

(b) Misrepresent or conceal the financial condition of a licensee, financing entity, insurer or other person;

(c) Transact the business of viatical settlements in violation of laws requiring a license, certificate of authority or other legal authority for the transaction of the business of viatical settlements; or

(d) File with the commissioner or the chief insurance regulatory official of another jurisdiction a document containing false information or otherwise concealing information about a material fact from the commissioner;

(3) Embezzlement, theft, misappropriation or conversion of monies, funds, premiums, credits or other property of a viatical settlement provider, insurer, insured, viator, insurance policy owner or any other person engaged in the business of viatical settlements or insurance;

(4) Recklessly entering into, brokering or otherwise dealing in a viatical settlement contract, the subject of which is a life insurance policy that was obtained by presenting false information concerning any fact material to the policy or by concealing, for the purpose of misleading another, information concerning any fact material to the policy, where the viator or the viator's agent intended to defraud the policy's issuer. For the purposes of this paragraph, "recklessly" means engaging in the conduct in conscious and clearly unjustifiable disregard of a substantial likelihood of the existence of the relevant facts or risks, such disregard involving a gross deviation from acceptable standards of conduct; or

(5) Attempting to commit, assisting, aiding or abetting in the commission of, or conspiracy to commit the acts or omissions specified in this subsection.

"Life insurance producer" means any person licensed as a resident or nonresident insurance producer with a life insurance line of authority pursuant to the "New Jersey Insurance Producer Licensing Act of 2001," P.L.2001, c.210 (C.17:22A-26 et seq.).

"Person" means a natural person or a legal entity, including, but not limited to, an individual, partnership, limited liability partnership, limited liability company, association, trust or corporation.

"Policy" means an individual or group policy, group certificate, contract or arrangement of life insurance affecting the rights of a resident of this State or bearing a reasonable relation to this State, regardless of whether delivered or issued for delivery in this State.

"Related provider trust" means a titling trust or other trust established by a licensed viatical settlement provider or a financing entity for the sole purpose of holding the ownership or beneficial interest in viaticated policies in connection with a financing transaction. The trust shall have a written agreement with the licensed viatical settlement provider under which the licensed viatical settlement provider is responsible for ensuring compliance with all statutory and regulatory requirements and under which the trust agrees to make all records and files related to viatical settlement transactions available to the commissioner as if those records and files were maintained directly by the licensed viatical settlement provider.

"Special purpose entity" means a corporation, partnership, trust, limited liability company or other similar entity formed solely to provide, either directly or indirectly, access to institutional capital markets for a financing entity or licensed viatical settlement provider.

"Terminally ill" means having an illness or sickness that can reasonably be expected to result in death in 24 months or less.

"Viatical settlement contract" means a written agreement establishing the terms under which compensation or anything of value will be paid, which compensation or value is less than the expected death benefit of the policy, in return for the viator's assignment, transfer, sale, devise or bequest of the death benefit or ownership of any portion of the policy. A viatical settlement contract also includes a contract for a loan or other financing transaction with a viator secured primarily by an individual or group life insurance policy, other than a loan by a life insurance company pursuant to the terms of the life insurance contract, or a loan secured by the cash value of a policy. A viatical settlement contract includes an agreement with a viator to transfer ownership or change the beneficiary designation at a later date regardless of the date that compensation is paid to the viator. A viatical settlement contract does not mean or include a written agreement between a viator and a person having an insurable interest in the insured's life. A viatical settlement contract shall not include any accelerated benefit pursuant to the terms of a life insurance policy issued in accordance with Title 17B of the New Jersey Statutes.

"Viatical settlement provider" means a person, other than a viator, that enters into or effectuates a viatical settlement contract. Viatical settlement provider does not include:

(1) A bank, savings bank, savings and loan association, credit union or other licensed lending institution that takes an assignment of a life insurance policy as collateral for a loan;

(2) The issuer of a life insurance policy providing accelerated benefits pursuant to regulations prescribed by the commissioner and pursuant to the policy;

(3) An authorized or eligible insurer that provides stop loss coverage to a viatical settlement provider, financing entity, special purpose entity or related provider trust;

(4) A natural person who enters into or effectuates no more than one agreement in a calendar year for the transfer of life insurance policies for any value less than the expected death benefit;

(5) A financing entity;

(6) A special purpose entity;

(7) A related provider trust; or

(8) An accredited investor or qualified institutional buyer as defined respectively in Regulation D, Rule 501 (17 C.F.R. 230.501 through 230.508) or Rule 144A (17 C.F.R. 230.144A) of the federal "Securities Act of 1933" (15 U.S.C. s.77a et seq.) as amended, and who purchases a viaticated policy from a viatical settlement provider.

"Viaticated policy" means a life insurance policy or certificate that has been acquired by a viatical settlement provider pursuant to a viatical settlement contract.

"Viator" means the owner of a policy who enters or seeks to enter into a viatical settlement contract. For the purposes of this act, a viator shall not be limited to an owner of a policy insuring the life of an individual with a terminal or chronic illness or condition except where specifically addressed. If there is more than one viator on a single policy and the viators are residents of different states, the transaction shall be governed by the law of the state in which the viator having the largest percentage ownership resides or, if the viators hold equal ownership, the state of residence of one viator agreed upon in writing by all viators. Viator shall not include:

(1) A viatical settlement provider licensed under this act;

(2) An accredited investor or qualified institutional buyer as defined respectively in Regulation D, Rule 501 (17 C.F.R. 230.501 through 230.508) or Rule 144A (17 C.F.R. 230.144A) of the federal "Securities Act of 1933" (15 U.S.C. s.77a et seq.), as amended;

(3) A financing entity;

(4) A special purpose entity; or

(5) A related provider trust.

L.2005,c.229,s.2.

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