The Arizona Revised Statutes have been updated to include the revised sections from the 54th Legislature, 2nd Regular Session. Please note that the next update of this compilation will not take place until after the conclusion of the 55th Legislature, 1st Regular Session, which convenes in January 2021.
This online version of the Arizona Revised Statutes is primarily maintained for legislative drafting purposes and reflects the version of law that is effective on January 1st of the year following the most recent legislative session. The official version of the Arizona Revised Statutes is published by Thomson Reuters.
In this chapter, unless the context otherwise requires:
1. "Completed operations liability" means liability arising out of the installation, maintenance or repair of any product at a site which is not owned or controlled by either:
(a) A person who performs that work.
(b) A person who hires an independent contractor to perform that work. Completed operations liability includes liability for activities which are completed or abandoned before the date of the occurrence giving rise to the liability.
2. "Domicile", for purposes of determining the state in which a purchasing group is domiciled, means:
(a) For a corporation, the state in which the purchasing group is incorporated.
(b) For an unincorporated entity, the state of its principal place of business.
3. "Hazardous financial condition" means that, based on its present or reasonably anticipated financial condition, a risk retention group, although not yet financially impaired or insolvent, is unlikely to be able to either:
(a) Meet obligations to policyholders with respect to known claims and reasonably anticipated claims.
(b) Pay other obligations in the normal course of business.
4. "Insurance" means primary insurance, excess insurance, reinsurance, surplus lines insurance and any other arrangement for shifting and distributing risk which is determined to be insurance under the laws of this state.
(a) Means legal liability for damages, including costs of defense, legal costs and fees and other claims expenses, because of injuries to other persons, damage to their property or other damage or loss to other persons resulting from or arising out of either:
(i) A business, whether for profit or nonprofit, trade, product, services, including professional services, premises or operations.
(ii) An activity of a state or local government, or an agency or political subdivision of the state.
(b) Does not include personal risk liability and an employer's liability with respect to its employees other than legal liability under the federal employers' liability act (45 United States Code section 51).
6. "Personal risk liability" means liability for damages because of injury to a person, damage to property or other loss or damage resulting from any personal, familial or household responsibilities or activities other than those listed in paragraph 5.
7. "Plan of operation or feasibility study" means an analysis which presents the expected activities and results of a risk retention group including at least all of the following:
(a) Information sufficient to verify that its members are engaged in businesses or activities similar or related with respect to the liability to which the members are exposed by virtue of any related, similar or common business, trade, product, services, premises or operations.
(b) For each state in which the group intends to operate, the coverages, deductibles, coverage limits, rates and rating classification systems for each line of insurance the group intends to offer.
(c) Historical and expected loss experience of the proposed members and national experience of similar exposures to the extent that this experience is reasonably available.
(d) Pro forma financial statements and projections.
(e) Appropriate opinions by a qualified, independent casualty actuary, including a determination of minimum premium or participation levels required to commence operations and to prevent a hazardous financial condition.
(f) Identification of management, underwriting and claims procedures, marketing methods, managerial oversight methods and investment policies.
(g) Other matters as prescribed by the director for liability insurance companies authorized by the insurance laws of the state in which the risk retention group is chartered.
8. "Product liability" means liability for damages because of any personal injury, death, emotional harm, consequential economic damage or property damage, including damages resulting from the loss of use of property, arising out of the manufacture, design, importation, distribution, packaging, labeling, lease or sale of a product. Product liability does not include the liability of a person for those damages if the product involved was in the possession of the person when the incident giving rise to the claim occurred.
9. "Purchasing group" means a group which meets all of the following criteria:
(a) Has as one of its purposes the purchase of liability insurance on a group basis.
(b) Purchases the insurance only for its group members and only to cover their similar or related liability exposure, as described in subdivision (c) of this paragraph.
(c) Is composed of members whose businesses or activities are similar or related with respect to the liability to which members are exposed by virtue of any related, similar or common business, trade, product, services, premises or operations.
(d) Is domiciled in any state.
10. "Risk retention group" means a corporation or other limited liability association formed under the laws of any state which meets all of the following criteria:
(a) Its primary activity consists of assuming and spreading all or any portion of the liability exposure of its group members.
(b) It is organized for the primary purpose of conducting the activity described in subdivision (a) of this paragraph.
(c) It is either:
(i) Chartered and licensed as a liability insurance company and authorized to engage in the business of insurance under the laws of any state.
(ii) It was, before January 1, 1985, chartered or licensed and authorized to engage in the business of insurance under the laws of Bermuda or the Cayman Islands and, before January 1, 1985, had certified to the insurance commissioner of at least one state that it satisfied the capitalization requirements of the state. Any such group is a risk retention group only if it has been engaged in business continuously since January 1, 1985 and only for the purpose of continuing to provide insurance to cover product liability or completed operations liability.
(d) It does not exclude any person from membership in the group solely to provide for members of a group a competitive advantage over the person.
(e) It either:
(i) Has as its owners only persons who comprise the membership of the risk retention group and who are provided insurance by the group.
(ii) Has as its sole owner an organization which has as its members only persons who comprise the membership of the risk retention group and has as its owners only persons who comprise the membership of the risk retention group and who are provided insurance by the group.
(f) Its members are engaged in businesses or activities similar or related with respect to the liability which the members are exposed to by virtue of any related, similar or common business, trade, product, services, premises or operations.
(g) Its activities do not include the provision of insurance other than:
(i) Liability insurance for assuming and spreading all or any portion of the liability of its group members.
(ii) Reinsurance with respect to the liability of any other risk retention group or any members of any other group which is engaged in businesses or activities that meet the requirement described in subdivision (f) of this paragraph from membership in the risk retention group which provides the reinsurance.
(h) The name of the group includes the phrase "risk retention group".
11. "State" means any state of the United States or the District of Columbia.