Section 27-34-50

Actions to enjoin or in quo warranto; liquidation; receivership.

(a) When the commissioner upon investigation finds that a domestic society:

(1) Has exceeded its powers; or

(2) Has failed to comply with any provision of this chapter; or

(3) Is not fulfilling its contracts in good faith; or

(4) Has a membership of less than 400 after an existence of one year or more; or

(5) Is conducting business fraudulently or in a manner hazardous to its members, creditors, the public or the business, he shall notify the society of his findings, state in writing the reasons for his dissatisfaction and require the society to show cause on a date named why it should not be enjoined from carrying on any business until the violation complained of shall have been corrected or why an action in quo warranto should not be commenced against the society.

(b) If on such date the society does not present good and sufficient reasons why it should not be so enjoined or why such action should not be commenced, the commissioner may present the facts relating thereto to the Attorney General who shall, if he deems the circumstances warrant, commence an action to enjoin the society from transacting business or in quo warranto. The court shall thereupon notify the officers of the society of a hearing. If after a full hearing it appears that the society should be so enjoined or liquidated or a receiver appointed, the court shall enter the necessary order.

(c) No society so enjoined shall have the authority to do business until:

(1) The commissioner finds that the violation complained of has been corrected;

(2) The costs of such action have been paid by the society if the court finds that the society was in default as charged;

(3) The court has dissolved its injunction; and

(4) The commissioner has reinstated the society's license.

(d) If the court orders the society liquidated, it shall be enjoined from carrying on any further business, whereupon the receiver of the society shall proceed at once to take possession of the books, papers, money, and other assets of the society and, under the direction of the court, proceed forthwith to close the affairs of the society and to distribute its funds to those entitled thereto.

(e) No action under this section shall be recognized in any court of this state unless brought by the Attorney General upon request of the commissioner. Whenever a receiver is to be appointed for a domestic society, the court shall appoint the commissioner as such receiver.

(f) The provisions of this section relating to hearing by the commissioner, action by the Attorney General at the request of the commissioner, hearing by the court, injunction and receivership shall be applicable to a society which voluntarily determines to discontinue business.

(Acts 1911, No. 476, p. 700; Acts 1939, No. 525, p. 816; Acts 1939, No. 579, p. 936; Acts 1971, No. 407, p. 707, §722.)