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      RS 6:103     

  

§103.  Records of the Office of Financial Institutions

A.  Except as provided in Subsections B and H, all records of the Office of Financial Institutions shall be kept strictly confidential within the office, and such records and reports shall not be subject to subpoena or other legal process except as provided for in Subsection H.

B.  The commissioner, in his sole discretion, may disclose or cause the employees of the Office of Financial Institutions to disclose:

(1)  Information about a particular financial institution to that institution.

(2)  Information about any financial institution to any other financial institution regulatory authority.

(3)  Information about a financial institution, upon resolution of the board of directors of that institution, that is being considered for merger or acquisition to the proposed merger or acquisition partner.

(4)  Information about a financial institution that is in an impaired, unsafe, or unsound condition to another institution that has under consideration the merger or acquisition of that institution when the information is necessary to enable that institution to prepare a merger or acquisition after notification to the impaired institution by the commissioner.

(5)  The public portion of an application for a certificate of authority to organize a new state bank or additional branch office.

(6)  Information to the state treasurer or to the legislative auditor concerning any failure by a financial institution to secure public funds when such security is required by law, regulation, or contract.

(7)  Information obtained under the provisions of R.S. 15:587(A) to any financial institution.

(8)(a)  Information about a certified public accountant, real estate appraiser, or attorney to their respective boards and associations.

(b)  Information about a particular financial institution to the commissioner of insurance when that financial institution is affiliated with an insurance company or other entity licensed and regulated by the commissioner of insurance.

(9)  Information submitted pursuant to R.S. 6:124.

(10)  Confidential information or records of either the Office of Financial Institutions or financial institutions and other supervised entities chartered or licensed in accordance with Title 6 of the Louisiana Revised Statutes of 1950, produced by discovery or introduced into evidence as part of an administrative hearing conducted in accordance with the Administrative Procedure Act, and notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, such records shall remain confidential and shall not be deemed public.

(11)  Statistical information compiled by the Office of Financial Institutions, provided the information does not reveal the identity of any person or entity which is the source of that information.

(12)  Any action taken by the commissioner of the Office of Financial Institutions and any legal grounds upon which such action is based relative to the fitness of any person to receive, or to continue to hold any license the issuance of which requires the approval of the commissioner of the Office of Financial Institutions.

(13)  The status of, and any action taken by the commissioner of the Office of Financial Institutions regarding, any application any person is required to file with the commissioner, or the Office of Financial Institutions.

(14)  Any action taken by the commissioner of the Office of Financial Institutions to deny, suspend, or revoke a license, order refunds, impose civil money penalties, or enter into a consent agreement against any person pursuant to the enforcement powers of the commissioner authorized in R.S. 6:121.1, or otherwise authorized by law.

(15)  Guidance, advisory opinions and interpretations issued by the Office of Financial Institutions from time to time, provided that any names or other identifying information contained within the original of such issuances, shall be excised from any text or summary, unless those parties who would be identified, consent in writing to such disclosure.

(16)  Information that may be obtained in connection with any online licensing system, as provided for in R.S. 6:1088.1, to other regulatory agencies that utilize the same system and to third-party providers of the system.

(17)  Records of the Office of Financial Institutions, other than criminal history record information provided to the office by a state or federal law enforcement agency, concerning any person subject to its jurisdiction when such records are requested by another state or federal agency having authority to license or investigate such entity or person.

C.  Records made by the office shall be retained by the office for seven years, except those records that pertain to the internal business operations of the office.

D.  A copy of any document on file with the office which is declared public by the laws of this state or by regulation of the commissioner and is certified by the commissioner as being a true copy may be introduced in evidence as if it were the original.  The commissioner shall establish a schedule of fees for copies of those documents.

E.(1)  Copies of agency records and reports of examination of financial institutions which from time to time may be left with such financial institutions by the Office of Financial Institutions shall be:

(a)  Kept strictly confidential by all persons.

(b)  In whatever form, the property of the Office of Financial Institutions.

(c)  Obtainable only from the Office of Financial Institutions by the procedures established pursuant to Subsection H.

(d)  Deemed a privileged communication under applicable state law and Federal Rule of Evidence 501 and shall not be admissible in evidence in any court action or proceeding except pursuant to subpoena of a court of record.

(e)  For the purposes of this Title and Titles 9, 44, and 51 of the Louisiana Revised Statutes of 1950, read in pari materia with R.S. 44:4.

(2)  The board of directors of a financial institution may, by resolution, authorize the disclosure of information contained in its report of examination to attorneys, CPA's, and consultants employed by the financial institution, agents of a licensed banker's blanket bond company for the purpose of obtaining blanket bond coverage, and to prospective directors of the financial institution.  Such a person, if not covered by a written code of professional conduct provided for by Louisiana law, shall enter into a written confidentiality agreement with the financial institution establishing his status and affirming that he will not disclose any information that he has obtained from the report of examination other than for the purposes expressly provided for in the agreement.

F.(1)  Any information disclosed by the commissioner or employees of the Office of Financial Institutions to any person pursuant to Paragraphs B(1) through (4), (6), and (8) of this Section and any information received by the commissioner from any other financial institution regulatory authority shall be kept strictly confidential by all persons and all such information, in whatever form, shall not be subject to subpoena or other legal process.

(2)(a) It shall be unlawful for any person, including current and former employees of the Office of Financial Institutions, who receives information pursuant to Subsection B of this Section to disclose such information to anyone other than a state or federal bank regulatory agency without authority from the commissioner of the Office of Financial Institutions.

(b)  Anyone who is found guilty of violating Subparagraph (2)(a) of this Subsection shall be fined not more than five hundred dollars or imprisoned for not more than ninety days, or both.

G.  Office of Financial Institutions employees or officers, or employees of financial institutions or licensed lenders, or members of the public making good faith criminal referrals to either federal, state, or local law enforcement officials shall not be liable to retaliatory lawsuits by those individuals suspected of the commission of a crime.

H.  Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, except for documents or information of other federal or state regulatory and law enforcement agencies in the possession of the Office of Financial Institutions, any federal or state district court within the state of Louisiana may order the Office of Financial Institutions to disclose information and produce documents belonging to the Office of Financial Institutions, which are relevant to claims or disputes at issue in a lawsuit, including but not limited to any writings, records, accounts, letters, letter books, photographs, reports of examination, work papers of examiners, loan write-ups, line sheets, handwritten notes, loan classification documents, or other applicable materials of the Office of Financial Institutions, subject to all of the following conditions:

(1)  The person seeking any such information or documents shall file a motion in a federal or state district court in the state of Louisiana having jurisdiction over the subject matter.

(2)  The motion shall specifically set forth a concise summary of the claims or disputes at issue in the suit or proceeding and shall describe the information and documents sought to be produced or disclosed by the Office of Financial Institutions.

(3)  The person seeking such information or documents shall provide a copy of any motion, pleadings, or documents relating to the motion to the Office of Financial Institutions prior to any hearing or proceeding relating to the request for disclosure of information or documents in the possession of the Office of Financial Institutions to allow the office a reasonable period of time within which to respond to such filing in an adequate manner, but in no event fewer than ten days prior to such scheduled hearing date.

(4)  When no other source is available, and upon a showing of good cause and substantial need, the court may order the disclosure and production of such information or documents sought by the motion.

(5)  In the event the court orders the disclosure and production of such information or documents, the court shall enter a protective order limiting the disclosure and production of any such information or documents to any of the following:

(a)  The person requesting the information or documents.

(b)  Any other party to the lawsuit or proceeding.

(c)  The state or federal district court and any duly authorized officials thereof.

(d)  Any witness who testifies under oath during a deposition, hearing, or trial.

(e)  Any attorney for any such party or witness.

(f)  Any other person as deemed necessary and appropriate by the court.

(6)  Any such protective order shall require any person to whom any such information or documents are disclosed or produced to hold such information or documents strictly confidential and prohibit the dissemination or disclosure of any such information or documents to any other person except as authorized by the court.

(7)  The private financial records of clients of open or closed financial institutions in the custody of the Office of Financial Institutions shall remain confidential under this Section and R.S. 44:4.  If a civil litigant seeks access via court order to the financial records of clients of financial institutions for purposes of litigation, those records must be subpoenaed from the client of the financial institution.  The procedure in R.S. 6:333 shall be used for open and closed financial institutions.

I.  Persons injured by negligent or intentional disclosure of confidential or privileged communications covered by this Title or Titles 9, 44, or 51 of the Louisiana Revised Statutes of 1950 shall have a civil cause of action under Civil Code Article 2315 et seq.

J.  Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, including but not limited to R.S. 49:956(8)(c), there shall be no liability on the part of, and no cause of action of any nature shall arise against, the Office of Financial Institutions or its agents or employees, for any good faith release or disclosure of information or for statements made in good faith in any administrative hearings or in any reports or communications concerning safety or soundness, other regulatory issues, and the supervision and regulation of all entities under the jurisdiction of the Office of Financial Institutions.

Acts 1984, No. 719, §1, eff. Jan. 1, 1985; Acts 1985, No. 359, §1, eff. July 9, 1985; Acts 1986, No. 800, §1, eff. July 10, 1986; Acts 1987, No. 103, §1; Acts 1987, No. 810, §2; Acts 1991, No. 199, §1, eff. July 2, 1991; Acts 1991, No. 961, §1, eff. July 24, 1991; Acts 1992, No. 113, §1, eff. Sept. 1, 1992; Acts 1992, No. 144, §1; Acts 1993, No. 282, §1, eff. Oct. 1, 1993; Acts 1993, No. 837, §1, eff. July 1, 1993; Acts 1995, No. 1084, §§1, 2, eff. June 29, 1995; Acts 1997, No. 366, §1; Acts 2001, No. 915, §1, eff. June 26, 2001; Acts 2004, No. 587, §1, eff. June 29, 2004; Acts 2006, No. 456, §1, eff. June 15, 2006; Acts 2007, No. 36, §1, eff. June 18, 2007; Acts 2008, No. 220, §1, eff. June 14, 2008; Acts 2011, No. 136, §1.

NOTE:  See Acts 1993, Nos. 282 and 837, for apparent conflicts in R.S. 6:103(E).



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