Administration and General Provisions
Name of insurer
(1)No insurer shall be formed or authorized to transact insurance in this state which has or will have, or which uses or will use as an assumed business name, a name or principal identifying name factor:
(a)That is the same as or deceptively similar to:
(A)Any other insurer so formed or authorized;
(B)Any name reserved or registered as authorized by this section;
(C)Any name on file with the Secretary of State pursuant to ORS chapter 60, 65 or 648; or
(D)The name of any insurer that was authorized to transact insurance in this state within the preceding 10 years if insurance policies issued by such other insurer still are outstanding in this state. With the consent of the insurer issuing such policies, the Director of the Department of Consumer and Business Services may waive this provision if the director finds that the waiver will not be detrimental to the public; or
(b)That is deceptive or misleading as to the type of organization of the insurer or that does not indicate the insurer is transacting insurance.
(2)Any insurer doing business in this state may file and register with the director in writing, in its articles of incorporation or otherwise, an assumed name that it will use in transacting insurance in this state. Such name may not be a name prohibited by subsection (1) of this section.
(3)Any person may reserve a name for use as a corporate name or an assumed business name in transacting insurance in this state by filing in writing with the director a reservation of such name. Such name may not be a name prohibited by subsection (1) of this section. Such reservation shall expire six months after the date of filing unless:
(a)If filed by an insurer, it is using such name as an authorized insurer; or
(b)If filed by a noninsurer, it has filed with the director a formal application for a permit to form an insurer in this state. If a valid reservation is on file, the director may accept the filing of a same or deceptively similar name by another person which filing shall become effective, in the order of filing, at the expiration of the six-month provision unless the original reservation does not expire pursuant to this subsection.
(4)When an insurer is merged as provided in the Insurance Code, the surviving insurer may retain the use of the name for a period of five years after the effective date of merger. If such name is retained, use of the same or deceptively similar name by other insurers shall be prohibited as specified under this section during the five-year period. [1967 c.359 §92; 1987 c.414 §161a; 1987 c.846 §2; 1993 c.447 §104]
Atty. Gen. Opinions
Vehicle service contracts sold to purchasers by motorcycle and motor vehicle dealers as constituting sale of insurance, (1978) Vol 38, p 2218