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      RS 22:1598     


§1598.  Referrals

A.  Any person who is not licensed to sell insurance may refer a customer to a person, or the telephone number of a person, who sells or provides opinions or advice on any insurance product.

B.  Any compensation received by the person making a referral provided for in Subsection A of this Section shall not be in the form of a sales commission and shall not be based on the application by the customer or purchase of insurance.

C.  Any person or entity responsible for making a specific loan or extension of credit may receive a reasonable referral fee for the insurance referral of a customer who is required to provide insurance for that loan or extension of credit.  An insurance referral fee paid to such person or entity making a specific loan or extension of credit shall not be in the form of an insurance sales commission which varies based on the quotation or application for insurance, purchase of insurance, or the amount of premium written.  The insurance referral fee shall be paid solely on the basis of the referral.  This Section shall not preclude a person directly or indirectly responsible for making a specific loan or extension of credit, who is a licensed insurance producer, from soliciting and selling insurance to a loan customer and earning a commission, so long as the solicitation and sale is conducted after the final loan decision has been communicated to the customer in writing, in accordance with the provisions of R.S. 22:1597.  The customer shall also be notified that he is not required to purchase insurance through the financial institution, and the customer's choice of another insurance provider will not affect the financial institution's credit decision or credit terms in any way.

Acts 1997, No. 1475, §2, eff. July 15, 1997; Redesignated from R.S. 22:3057 by Acts 2008, No. 415, §1, eff. Jan. 1, 2009; Acts 2009, No. 332, §1; Acts 2011, No. 94, §1, eff. Jan. 1, 2012.

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