2019 Wisconsin Statutes & Annotations
Chapter 616. Miscellaneous insurers.
616.58 Prohibited acts.

Universal Citation: WI Stat § 616.58 (2019)

616.58 Prohibited acts.

(1)

(a) A provider shall not use in its name used in this state the words “insurance," “casualty," “surety," or “mutual" or any other words descriptive of the insurance, casualty, or surety business; or a name deceptively similar to the name or description of any insurance or surety corporation, or to the name of any other provider. The word “guaranty" or a similar word may be used by a provider.

(b) Paragraph (a) does not apply to a provider that was using any language prohibited under par. (a) in its name used in this state prior to April 20, 2012.

(2)

(a) No provider, administrator, service contract seller, or provider's representative may make or cause to be made any communication relating to a service contract, the service contract business, insurance business, any insurer, any administrator, or any provider that contains false or misleading information, including information that is misleading due to incompleteness. Filing a report and, with intent to deceive a person examining it, making a false entry in a record or intentionally refraining from making a proper entry, are “communications" within the meaning of this paragraph. No provider or administrator may use any business name, slogan, emblem, or related device that is misleading or likely to cause the provider or administrator to be mistaken for another provider or administrator already in business.

(b) If an administrator or representative of a provider distributes cards or documents, exhibits a sign, or publishes an advertisement that violates par. (a), having reference to a particular provider that the administrator or representative represents, such violation creates a rebuttable presumption that the violation was also committed by the provider.

(3) A person, including a bank, savings and loan association, lending institution, manufacturer, or seller of any product, shall not require the purchase of a service contract as a condition of a loan or a condition for the sale of any property, except that a person buying or selling a home may condition the purchase or sale of the home on the seller's or buyer's procurement of a service contract that covers the home.

(4) A motor vehicle service contract provider or its representative shall not, directly or indirectly, represent in any manner, whether by written solicitation or telemarketing, a false, deceptive, or misleading statement with respect to any of the following:

(a) The provider's affiliation with a motor vehicle manufacturer.

(b) The provider's possession of information regarding a motor vehicle owner's current motor vehicle manufacturer's original equipment warranty.

(c) The expiration of a motor vehicle owner's current motor vehicle manufacturer's original equipment warranty.

(d) A requirement that a motor vehicle owner purchase a new motor vehicle service contract with the provider in order to maintain coverage under the motor vehicle owner's current motor vehicle service contract or manufacturer's original equipment warranty.

History: 2011 a. 226.

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