California Code, Insurance Code - INS § 1062
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In the event of the entry of an order under Section 1011 or 1016 of this article affecting any person having members, subscribers or policyholders, hereinafter referred to as “members” who are liable for assessment by law or by the provisions of their policies or contracts, and in which the termination of the policy or contract does not relieve the member from such liability, where the commissioner in his discretion decides that an assessment would be in order, the liability of such members shall be determined, and the assessment therefor levied in the following manner:
1. Within one year from the date of the entry of the order under the provisions of Section 1011 or 1016 of this article, the commissioner shall make a report to the court setting forth: (a) the reasonable value of the assets of such person; (b) its probable liabilities, including reasonable costs of liquidation; and (c) the probable necessary assessment, if any, to pay all claims in full.
2. Upon the basis of such report, including any amendments thereof, the court shall determine the basis for calculating the liability of each member, subscriber or policyholder and shall order the commissioner to determine the amount of liability of each of the members.
3. Thereafter the commissioner shall give notice to each member, subscriber or policyholder of the amount of his liability by inclosing notice thereof in a sealed envelope, addressed and mailed, postage prepaid, to each member, subscriber or policyholder at his last known address as the same appears upon the books of the insurer.
4. Not less than 20 days after the mailing of said notice, as provided in paragraph 3 of this section, the commissioner shall report to the court the names of the members, subscribers or policyholders who have failed to pay their assessment in accordance with said notice, whereupon the court shall issue an order directing each of said members, subscribers or policyholders to appear in said court and show cause in the proceedings pending against such person, why he should not be held liable to pay such assessment, and why the commissioner should not have judgment therefor.
5. The commissioner shall cause a notice of such order setting forth a brief summary of the contents thereof: (a) to be published in such manner as shall be directed by the court; and (b) to be inclosed in a sealed envelope, addressed and mailed by registered mail with return receipt requested, postage prepaid, to each of said members whose liability for assessment remains unpaid, at his last known address, at least 20 days before the return day of such order to show cause.
6. On the return day of such order to show cause, (a) if such member shall not appear and serve verified objections on the commissioner, the court shall make an order adjudicating that such member is liable for the amount of such assessment, and that the commissioner may have a judgment against such member therefor; (b) if such member shall appear and serve verified objections upon the commissioner, there shall be a full hearing before the court, and if the court affirms his liability to pay the whole or some part of said assessment, the commissioner may have judgment therefor.
7. A judgment upon any such order, shall have the same force and effect, and may be entered and may be appealed from as if it were a judgment in an original action brought in the court in which the proceeding is pending.
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