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WVC 33 - 31 - 1 §33-31-1. Definitions.
     As used in this article, unless the context requires otherwise:

     (1) "Affiliated company" means any company in the same corporate system as a parent, an industrial insured or a member organization by virtue of common ownership, control, operation or management.

     (2) "Alien captive insurance company" means any insurance company formed to write insurance business for its parents and affiliates and licensed pursuant to the laws of a country other than the United States which imposes statutory or regulatory standards in a form acceptable to the commissioner on companies transacting the business of insurance in such jurisdiction.

     (3) "Association" means any legal association of individuals, corporations, limited liability companies, partnerships, associations or other entities that has been in continuous existence for at least one year, the member organizations of which, or which does itself, whether or not in conjunction with some or all of the member organizations:

     (A) Own, control or hold with power to vote all of the outstanding voting securities of an association captive insurance company incorporated as a stock insurer;

     (B) Have complete voting control over an association captive insurance company incorporated as a mutual insurer; or

     (C) Constitute all of the subscribers of an association captive insurance company formed as a reciprocal insurer.

     (4) "Association captive insurance company" means any company that insures risks of the member organizations of the association, and their affiliated companies.

     (5) "Branch business" means any insurance business transacted by a branch captive insurance company in this state.

     (6) "Branch captive insurance company" means any alien captive insurance company licensed by the commissioner to transact the business of insurance in this state through a business unit with a principal place of business in this state.

     (7) "Branch operations" means any business operations of a branch captive insurance company in this state.

     (8) "Captive insurance company" means any pure captive insurance company, association captive insurance company, sponsored captive insurance company, industrial insured captive insurance company or risk retention group formed or licensed under the provisions of this article. For purposes of this article, a branch captive insurance company shall be a pure captive insurance company with respect to operations in this state, unless otherwise permitted by the commissioner.

     (9) Commissioner" means the Insurance Commissioner of West Virginia.

     (10)"Controlled unaffiliated business" means any company:

     (A) That is not in the corporate system of a parent and affiliated companies;

     (B) That has an existing contractual relationship with a parent or affiliated company; and

     (C) Whose risks are managed by a pure captive insurance company in accordance with section nineteen of this article.

     (11) "Industrial insured" means an insured:

     (A) Who procures the insurance of any risk or risks by use of the services of a full-time employee acting as an insurance manager or buyer;

     (B )Whose aggregate annual premiums for insurance on all risks total at least $25,000; and

     (C) Who has at least twenty-five full-time employees.

     (12) "Industrial insured captive insurance company" means any company that insures risks of the industrial insureds that comprise the industrial insured group and their affiliated companies.      (13 )"Industrial insured group" means any group of industrial insureds that collectively:

     (A) Own, control or hold with power to vote all of the outstanding voting securities of an industrial insured captive insurance company incorporated as a stock insurer;

     (B) Have complete voting control over an industrial insured captive insurance company incorporated as a mutual insurer; or

     (C) Constitute all of the subscribers of an industrial insured captive insurance company formed as a reciprocal insurer.

     (14) "Member organization" means any individual, corporation, limited liability company, partnership, association or other entity that belongs to an association.

     (15) "Mutual corporation" means a corporation organized without stockholders and includes a nonprofit corporation with members.      (16) "Parent" means a corporation, limited liability company, partnership, other entity, or individual that directly or indirectly owns, controls or holds with power to vote more than fifty percent of the outstanding voting:

     (A) Securities of a pure captive insurance company organized as a stock corporation; or

     (B) Membership interests of a pure captive insurance company organized as a nonprofit corporation.

     (17) "Pure captive insurance company" means any company that insures risks of its parent and affiliated companies or controlled unaffiliated business.

     (18) "Risk retention group" means a captive insurance company organized under the laws of this state pursuant to the Liability Risk Retention Act of 1986, 15 U.S.C. §3901, et seq., as amended, as a stock or mutual corporation, a reciprocal or other limited liability entity. Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2013 1st Special Session
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