2019 Texas Statutes
Title 5 - Protection of Consumer Interests
Subtitle C - Deceptive, Unfair, and Prohibited Practices
Chapter 543 - Prohibited Practices Related to Policy or Certificate of Membership
Subchapter A. Prohibitions
Section 543.001. Misrepresentation Prohibited
Sec. 543.001. MISREPRESENTATION PROHIBITED. (a) In this section, "life, health, or casualty insurer" includes a corporation operating on a cooperative or assessment plan, a mutual insurance company, a fraternal benefit society, and any other society or association authorized to issue an insurance policy in this state.
(b) A life, health, or casualty insurer, an officer, director, agent, or representative of that insurer, or any other person, corporation, or copartnership may not:
(1) issue, circulate, or cause or permit to be issued or circulated any statement, including an illustration or estimate, that misrepresents:
(A) the terms of a policy or certificate of membership issued by a life, health, or casualty insurer;
(B) other benefits or advantages provided by the policy or certificate; or
(C) the dividends or share of surplus to be received on the policy or certificate;
(2) use a name or title of a policy, policy class, certificate of membership, or certificate class that misrepresents the policy, certificate, or class; or
(3) make a misleading representation or incomplete comparison of a policy or certificate of membership to an insured or member for the purpose of inducing or tending to induce the insured or member to forfeit, surrender, or allow the lapse of the insurance or membership.
(c) The commissioner may adopt and enforce reasonable rules as provided by Subchapter I, Chapter 541, to accomplish the purposes of Subsection (b)(1) as those purposes relate to life insurance companies.
Added by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 1274, Sec. 2, eff. April 1, 2005.