Section 631.331, Florida Statutes 2003
631.331 Assessment prima facie correct; notice; payment; proceeding to collect.--
(1) Any assessment of a subscriber or member of an insurer made by the department pursuant to the order of court fixing the aggregate amount of the assessment against all members or subscribers and approving the classification and formula made by the department under s. 631.321(1) shall be prima facie correct.
(2) Each member or subscriber shall be notified of the amount of assessment to be paid by her or him by written notice mailed to the address of the member or subscriber last of record with the insurer. Failure of the member or subscriber to receive the notice so mailed, within the time specified therein or at all, shall be no defense in any proceeding to collect the assessment.
(3) If any such member or subscriber fails to pay the assessment within the period specified in the notice, which period shall not be less than 20 days after mailing, the department may obtain an order in the delinquency proceeding requiring the member or subscriber to show cause at a time and place fixed by the court why judgment should not be entered against such member or subscriber for the amount of the assessment together with all costs, and a copy of the order and a copy of the petition therefor shall be served upon the member or subscriber within the time and in the manner designated in the order.
(4) If the subscriber or member after due service of a copy of the order and petition referred to in subsection (3) is made upon her or him:
(a) Fails to appear at the time and place specified in the order, judgment shall be entered against her or him as prayed for in the petition; or
(b) Appears in the manner and form required by law in response to the order, the court shall hear and determine the matter and enter a judgment in accordance with its decision. In the interests of judicial economy, the court may appoint a special master to resolve objections or to perform any particular service required by the court. This paragraph shall apply to receivership proceedings commencing prior to, or subsequent to, July 1, 1997.
(5) The department may collect any such assessment through any other lawful means.
History.--s. 749, ch. 59-205; ss. 13, 35, ch. 69-106; s. 809(1st), ch. 82-243; ss. 187, 188, ch. 91-108; s. 4, ch. 91-429; s. 408, ch. 97-102; s. 13, ch. 97-262.