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2005 Florida Statutes

Section 627.778, Florida Statutes 2005

627.778  Limit of risk.--

(1)(a)  A title insurer may not issue any contract of title insurance, either as a primary insurer or as a coinsurer or reinsurer, upon an estate, lien, or interest in property located in this state unless:

1.  The contract shows on its face the dollar amount of the risk assumed; and

2.  The dollar amount of the risk assumed does not exceed one-half of its surplus as to policyholders, unless the excess is simultaneously reinsured in one or more approved insurers.

(b)  A title insurer may not circumvent the limitations of paragraph (a) by issuing two or more policies upon the same estate, lien, or interest.

(c)  This subsection does not prohibit:

1.  The simultaneous issuance of policies insuring different estates, liens, or interests in the same property, if each of the simultaneous policies excepts the paramount estates, liens, or interests to which the insured estate, lien, or interest is subject and if each of the simultaneous policies conforms to this subsection.

2.  Ceding portions of the total risk to authorized insurers. Insurance ceded, including coinsurance effected, is a retention of risk by the insurer assuming the ceded risk, and not by the insurer ceding the risk.

(2)  Surplus as to policyholders shall be determined from the last annual statement of the insurer filed under s. 624.424

History.--s. 4, ch. 65-359; s. 3, ch. 76-168; s. 1, ch. 77-457; ss. 2, 3, ch. 81-318; ss. 584, 809(2nd), ch. 82-243; s. 79, ch. 82-386; ss. 93, 114, ch. 92-318; s. 31, ch. 95-211.