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Civil Procedure Keyed to Glannon
McGee v. International Life Ins. Co.
Citation:355 U.S. 220 (1957)
ProfessorBrittany L. Raposa
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McGee’s son, a California resident, originally purchased a life insurance policy from Empire Mutual Insurance Co. After International Life Ins. Co. assumed Empire Mutual’s insurance obligations, International Life Ins. Co. mailed a reinsurance offer to McGee’s son in California, which he accepted. McGee’s son subsequently mailed all premium payments from California to International Life Ins. Co.’s in Texas, its principal place of business. After her son died, International Life Ins. Co. denied coverage under the life insurance policy. McGee obtained a California state court judgment against International Life Ins. Co. A California statute allowed lawsuits against non-California insurance companies who had contracts with California residents, even if the companies could not be personally served in California. McGee sought to enforce the judgment in Texas, but the Texas courts refused to afford full faith and credit to the California judgment.
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