Utah Admin. Code R590-130-9 - Testimonials or Endorsements by Third Parties

Current through Bulletin No. 2021-18, September 15, 2021

A. A person shall be deemed a "spokesperson" if the person making the testimonial or endorsement:
(1) Has a financial interest in the insurer or a related entity as a stockholder, director, officer, employee or otherwise; or
(2) Has been formed by the insurer, is owned or controlled by the insurer, its employees, or the person or persons who own or control the insurer; or
(3) Has any person in a policy making position who is affiliated with the insurer in any of the above described capacities; or
(4) Is in any way directly or indirectly compensated for making a testimonial or endorsement.
B. The fact of a financial interest or the proprietary or representative capacity of a spokesperson shall be disclosed in an advertisement and shall be accomplished in the introductory portion of the testimonial or endorsement in the same form and with equal prominence thereto. If a spokesperson is directly or indirectly compensated for making a testimonial or endorsement, such fact shall be disclosed in the advertisement by language substantially as follows: "Paid Endorsement." The requirement of this disclosure may be fulfilled by use of the phrase "Paid Endorsement" or words of similar import in a type style and size at least equal to that used for the spokesperson's name or the body of the testimonial or endorsement, whichever is larger. In the case of non-print advertising, the required disclosure must be accomplished in the introductory portion of the advertisement and must be given prominence.
C. An advertisement may not state or imply that an insurer or an insurance policy has been approved or endorsed by any individual, group of individuals, society, association or other organizations, unless such is the fact, and unless any proprietary relationship between an organization and the insurer is disclosed. If the entity making the endorsement or testimonial has been formed by the insurer or is owned or controlled by the insurer or the person or persons who own or control the insurer, such fact shall be disclosed in the advertisement. If the insurer or an officer of the insurer formed or controls the association, or holds any policy making position in the association, that fact must be disclosed.
D. When a testimonial refers to benefits received under an insurance policy, the specific claim data, including claim number, date of loss and other pertinent information shall be retained by the insurer for inspection for a period of three years after the last use of said testimonial in any advertisement. The use of testimonials which do not correctly reflect the present practices of the insurer or which are not applicable to the policy or benefit being advertised is prohibited.
E. An advertisement may not imply that approval, endorsement or accreditation of policy forms or advertising has been granted by any division or agency of any state or federal government. "Approval" or filing of either policy forms or advertising may not be used by an insurer to state or imply that a governmental agency has endorsed or recommended the insurer, its policies, advertising or its financial condition.


Utah Admin. Code R590-130-9

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