Sections
Part 1 Accountability 45-37-160
Part 2 Compensation 45-37-161 – 45-37-161.01
Part 3 Debt and Swap Agreements 45-37-162 – 45-37-162.06

Terms Used In Alabama Code > Title 45 > Chapter 37 > Article 16

  • action: Any suit, counterclaim, crossclaim or third party claim filed at law or in equity, including any claim therein asserted by one or more parties or against one or more parties in a multi-party action or suit, or an appeal thereof. See Alabama Code 12-19-271
  • ADJUSTED RBC REPORT: An RBC report which has been adjusted by the commissioner in accordance with subsection (e) of Section 27-2B-3. See Alabama Code 27-2B-2
  • Annuity: A periodic (usually annual) payment of a fixed sum of money for either the life of the recipient or for a fixed number of years. A series of payments under a contract from an insurance company, a trust company, or an individual. Annuity payments are made at regular intervals over a period of more than one full year.
  • Appeal: A request made after a trial, asking another court (usually the court of appeals) to decide whether the trial was conducted properly. To make such a request is "to appeal" or "to take an appeal." One who appeals is called the appellant.
  • Appellate: About appeals; an appellate court has the power to review the judgement of another lower court or tribunal.
  • Appropriation: The provision of funds, through an annual appropriations act or a permanent law, for federal agencies to make payments out of the Treasury for specified purposes. The formal federal spending process consists of two sequential steps: authorization
  • Assets: (1) The property comprising the estate of a deceased person, or (2) the property in a trust account.
  • Attachment: A procedure by which a person's property is seized to pay judgments levied by the court.
  • Bail: Security given for the release of a criminal defendant or witness from legal custody (usually in the form of money) to secure his/her appearance on the day and time appointed.
  • circuit: means judicial circuit. See Alabama Code 1-1-1
  • Contract: A legal written agreement that becomes binding when signed.
  • Conviction: A judgement of guilt against a criminal defendant.
  • Corporation: A legal entity owned by the holders of shares of stock that have been issued, and that can own, receive, and transfer property, and carry on business in its own name.
  • CORRECTIVE ORDER: An order issued by the commissioner specifying corrective actions which the commissioner has determined are required. See Alabama Code 27-2B-2
  • Damages: Money paid by defendants to successful plaintiffs in civil cases to compensate the plaintiffs for their injuries.
  • Defendant: In a civil suit, the person complained against; in a criminal case, the person accused of the crime.
  • defense: Any affirmative defense under Rule 8(c), Alabama Rules of Civil Procedure, filed in any action at law or in equity. See Alabama Code 12-19-271
  • Discovery: Lawyers' examination, before trial, of facts and documents in possession of the opponents to help the lawyers prepare for trial.
  • Dismissal: The dropping of a case by the judge without further consideration or hearing. Source:
  • Docket: A log containing brief entries of court proceedings.
  • domestic: With respect to an entity, that the entity is formed and exists pursuant to this title. See Alabama Code 10A-1-1.03
  • DOMESTIC ENTITY: An organization formed and existing pursuant to this title. See Alabama Code 10A-1-1.03
  • DOMESTIC INSURER: Any insurer domiciled in this state. See Alabama Code 27-2B-2
  • entity: A domestic entity or foreign entity. See Alabama Code 10A-1-1.03
  • Evidence: Information presented in testimony or in documents that is used to persuade the fact finder (judge or jury) to decide the case for one side or the other.
  • Felony: A crime carrying a penalty of more than a year in prison.
  • FILING ENTITY: A domestic entity that is a corporation, limited partnership, limited liability limited partnership, limited liability company, professional association, employee cooperative corporation, or real estate investment trust. See Alabama Code 10A-1-1.03
  • FILING OFFICER: The officer with whom a filing instrument is required or permitted to be delivered for filing pursuant to this title. See Alabama Code 10A-1-1.03
  • Fiscal year: The fiscal year is the accounting period for the government. For the federal government, this begins on October 1 and ends on September 30. The fiscal year is designated by the calendar year in which it ends; for example, fiscal year 2006 begins on October 1, 2005 and ends on September 30, 2006.
  • following: means next after. See Alabama Code 1-1-1
  • FOREIGN INSURER: Any insurer which is licensed to do business in this state but not domiciled in this state. See Alabama Code 27-2B-2
  • FRATERNAL BENEFIT SOCIETY: Any insurer licensed under Chapter 34. See Alabama Code 27-2B-2
  • Gift: A voluntary transfer or conveyance of property without consideration, or for less than full and adequate consideration based on fair market value.
  • HEALTH ORGANIZATION: Any health care service plan, health maintenance organization, limited health service organization, dental services corporation, or other managed care organization licensed under this title. See Alabama Code 27-2B-2
  • Impeachment: (1) The process of calling something into question, as in "impeaching the testimony of a witness." (2) The constitutional process whereby the House of Representatives may "impeach" (accuse of misconduct) high officers of the federal government for trial in the Senate.
  • insurer: As defined in Section 27-1-2, including, without limitation, any fraternal benefit society and any health organization. See Alabama Code 27-2B-2
  • Interest rate: The amount paid by a borrower to a lender in exchange for the use of the lender's money for a certain period of time. Interest is paid on loans or on debt instruments, such as notes or bonds, either at regular intervals or as part of a lump sum payment when the issue matures. Source: OCC
  • Jurisdiction: (1) The legal authority of a court to hear and decide a case. Concurrent jurisdiction exists when two courts have simultaneous responsibility for the same case. (2) The geographic area over which the court has authority to decide cases.
  • Liabilities: The aggregate of all debts and other legal obligations of a particular person or legal entity.
  • Lien: A claim against real or personal property in satisfaction of a debt.
  • LIFE OR HEALTH INSURER: Any insurer licensed to do business in this state and authorized to transact life and/or disability insurance, including a property and casualty insurer writing only disability insurance, but shall not include fraternal benefit societies, health care service corporations, dental service organizations, health maintenance organizations, dental plan organizations, or mutual aid associations. See Alabama Code 27-2B-2
  • Misdemeanor: Usually a petty offense, a less serious crime than a felony, punishable by less than a year of confinement.
  • month: means a calendar month. See Alabama Code 1-1-1
  • Mortgage: The written agreement pledging property to a creditor as collateral for a loan.
  • naic: The National Association of Insurance Commissioners. See Alabama Code 27-2B-2
  • NEGATIVE TREND: With respect to a life or health insurer or a fraternal benefit society, a negative trend over a period of time, as determined in accordance with the trend test calculation included in the RBC instructions. See Alabama Code 27-2B-2
  • oath: includes affirmation. See Alabama Code 1-1-1
  • Obligation: An order placed, contract awarded, service received, or similar transaction during a given period that will require payments during the same or a future period.
  • person: includes a corporation as well as a natural person. See Alabama Code 1-1-1
  • Plaintiff: The person who files the complaint in a civil lawsuit.
  • Precedent: A court decision in an earlier case with facts and law similar to a dispute currently before a court. Precedent will ordinarily govern the decision of a later similar case, unless a party can show that it was wrongly decided or that it differed in some significant way.
  • property: includes both real and personal property. See Alabama Code 1-1-1
  • PROPERTY AND CASUALTY INSURER: Any insurer licensed to do business in this state and authorized to transact property, marine, casualty, and/or surety insurance, but shall not include monoline mortgage guaranty insurers, financial guaranty insurers and title insurers. See Alabama Code 27-2B-2
  • rbc: Risk-based capital. See Alabama Code 27-2B-2
  • RBC INSTRUCTIONS: The RBC report including risk-based capital instructions adopted by the NAIC, as the RBC instructions may be amended by the NAIC from time to time in accordance with the procedures adopted by the NAIC. See Alabama Code 27-2B-2
  • RBC LEVEL: An insurer's company action level RBC, regulatory action level RBC, authorized control level RBC, or mandatory control level RBC where:

    a. See Alabama Code 27-2B-2

  • RBC PLAN: A comprehensive financial plan containing the elements specified in subsection (b) of Section 27-2B-4. See Alabama Code 27-2B-2
  • RBC REPORT: The report required in Section 27-2B-3. See Alabama Code 27-2B-2
  • Remainder: An interest in property that takes effect in the future at a specified time or after the occurrence of some event, such as the death of a life tenant.
  • Restitution: The court-ordered payment of money by the defendant to the victim for damages caused by the criminal action.
  • Settlement: Parties to a lawsuit resolve their difference without having a trial. Settlements often involve the payment of compensation by one party in satisfaction of the other party's claims.
  • state: when applied to the different parts of the United States, includes the District of Columbia and the several territories of the United States. See Alabama Code 1-1-1
  • state: Includes, when referring to a part of the United States, a state or commonwealth, and its agencies and governmental subdivisions, and a territory or possession, and its agencies and governmental subdivisions, of the United States. See Alabama Code 10A-1-1.03
  • STATUTORY CAPITAL AND SURPLUS: The combination of capital and surplus. See Alabama Code 27-2B-2
  • Subpoena: A command to a witness to appear and give testimony.
  • Testify: Answer questions in court.
  • TOTAL ADJUSTED CAPITAL: The sum of:

    a. See Alabama Code 27-2B-2

  • without substantial justification: when used with reference to any action, claim, defense or appeal, including without limitation any motion, means that such action, claim, defense or appeal (including any motion) is frivolous, groundless in fact or in law, or vexatious, or interposed for any improper purpose, including without limitation, to cause unnecessary delay or needless increase in the cost of litigation, as determined by the court. See Alabama Code 12-19-271
  • writing: includes typewriting and printing on paper. See Alabama Code 1-1-1
  • year: means a calendar year; but, whenever the word "year" is used in reference to any appropriations for the payment of money out of the treasury, it shall mean fiscal year. See Alabama Code 1-1-1