La. Stat. tit. 22 § 1907

Current with effective changes from the 2021 Legislative Session
Section 22:1907 - Transacting business; constitutes appointment of agent for service of process; workers' compensation claims agent
A. The transacting of business in this state by a foreign or alien insurer without a certificate of authority is equivalent to an appointment by such insurer of the secretary of state and his successor or successors in office to be its true and lawful attorney, upon whom may be served all lawful process in any action, suit, or proceeding maintained by the commissioner of insurance or arising out of such policy or contract of insurance, and the transacting of business by such insurer is a signification of its agreement that any such service of process is of the same legal force and validity as personal service of process in this state upon it.
B. Such service of process shall be made by delivering and leaving with the secretary of state or with some person in apparent charge of his office two copies thereof and the payment to him of such fees as may be prescribed by law. The secretary of state shall mail by registered mail or by commercial courier, as defined in R.S. 13:3204(D), when the person to be served is located outside of this state one of the copies of such process to the defendant at its last known principal place of business, and shall keep a record of all process so served upon him. Such service of process is sufficient if notice of such service and a copy of the process are sent within ten days thereafter by registered mail or by commercial courier, as defined in R.S. 13:3204(D), when the person to be served is located outside of this state by plaintiff's attorney to the defendant at its last known principal place of business, and the defendant's receipt, or receipt issued by the post office with which the letter is registered, showing the name of the sender of the letter and the name and address of the person to whom the letter is addressed, and the affidavit of the plaintiff's attorney showing compliance with this Section are filed with the clerk of the court in which such action is pending on or before the date the defendant is required to appear, or within such further time as the court may allow. However, no plaintiff or complainant shall be entitled to a judgment by default, or a judgment with leave to prove damages, or a judgment pro confesso under this Section until the expiration of thirty days from date of the filing of the affidavit of compliance.
C.
(1) Service of process in any such action, suit, or proceeding shall, in addition to the manner provided in Subsection B of this Section, be valid if served as provided in Paragraph (2) of this Subsection upon any person within this state who, in this state on behalf of such insurer, is doing any of the following:
(a) Soliciting insurance.
(b) Making any contract of insurance or issuing or delivering any policies or written contracts of insurance.
(c) Collecting or receiving any premium for insurance.
(d) Acting as an agent for the sole purpose of operating a workers' compensation claims office established pursuant to R.S. 23:1161.1.
(2) A copy of such process shall be sent within ten days thereafter by registered mail by the plaintiff's attorney to the defendant at the last known principal place of business of the defendant, and the defendant's receipt, or the receipt issued by the post office with which the letter is registered, showing the name of the sender of the letter and the name and address of the person to whom the letter is addressed, and the affidavit of the plaintiff's attorney showing compliance with this Section shall be filed with the clerk of the court in which such action is pending on or before the date the defendant is required to appear, or within such further time as the court may allow.
D. Nothing in this Section shall limit or abridge the right to serve any process, notice, or demand upon any insurer in any other manner permitted by law.

La. R.S. § 22:1907

Acts 1958, No. 125. Amended by Acts 1968, No. 54, §1; Acts 1990, No. 885, §1; Acts 1999, No. 395, §4; Redesignated from R.S. 22:1253 by Acts 2008, No. 415, §1, eff. Jan. 1, 2009; Acts 2012, No. 271, §1.

Former R.S. 22:1907 redesignated as R.S. 22:388 by Acts 2008, No. 415, §1, eff. Jan. 1, 2009.