2017 New Jersey Revised Statutes
TITLE 4 - AGRICULTURE AND DOMESTIC ANIMALS
Section 4:11-29 - Audit of claims; demand upon surety; publication of nonpayment; necessity of filing claims; action
4:11-29. Audit of claims; demand upon surety; publication of nonpayment; necessity of filing claims; action
The secretary shall audit claims properly filed and determine the amounts due all such creditors.
Whenever an audit and hearing determine a claim to be valid and there is a refusal to pay, demand shall be made upon the surety after 90 days. During the 90 days the secretary shall publish the nonpayment of the claim each week in a newspaper in the county where the licensee resides as well as in all counties where transactions may have taken place in New Jersey with a request for all claims. All claimants will be required to file claims before expiration of said 90 days and demand is made on surety. During the 90 days the license of the dealer is revoked and can only be renewed after a new application and hearing. If the surety shall not make payment of the amount so demanded, upon the expiration of 90 days from the termination of the license period, the secretary shall bring an action at law to recover from the surety on said bond the amount necessary to satisfy such claims or such part thereof as shall equal the amount of the bond, which action may be instituted by the secretary in his official capacity as such on behalf of said claimants, but without naming them as plaintiffs or defendants therein. The moneys obtained from the sale of said securities or by action against the surety shall be used for the satisfaction of such claims, and the secretary shall make distribution thereof to the claimants in accordance with the amounts determined to be due thereon, and if less than the total amount of said claims shall be so obtained, distribution shall be made ratably to the creditors according to said amounts.
If a creditor has reduced his claim to judgment, the judgment shall be presumptive proof of the amount due him.
Claims not filed during the license period or within 90 days from the termination of the license period, shall not be received, acted upon or paid and shall not participate in the proceeds of any bond, moneys or securities deposited with the secretary.
The secretary may bring an action in any court of competent jurisdiction against the licensee or surety or sureties on the bond or bonds for the recovery of any money due and owing to a grower or growers as hereinbefore provided.
Amended by L.1954, c. 229, p. 859, s. 4; L.1977, c. 427, s. 5, eff. Nov. 1, 1978.