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Civil Procedure Keyed to Marcus
McGee v. International Life Ins. Co.
Citation:355 U.S. 220 (1957)
ProfessorBrittany L. Raposa
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Petitioner’s son purchased a life insurance policy from an Arizona company. Respondent subsequently assumed the Arizona company’s insurance obligations. Respondent mailed a reinsurance certificate to the son, in California, offering to continue to insure him. The son accepted, and thereafter mailed premiums due under the policy to Respondent. After the son died, Petitioner, as the beneficiary under the policy, sought to recover the proceeds. Respondent refused to pay, claiming that the son had committed suicide. Petitioner recovered a judgment against Respondent in California state court. She sought to enforce the judgment in Texas, but the Texas courts refused to give full faith and credit to the California judgment. Respondent never had an office in California, nor did it solicit any business in California (with the exception of the son’s policy).
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