A narcotics exclusion in a life insurance policy did not apply to bar the payment of benefits for a truck driver who died in an crash while under the influence of methamphetamine, the South Carolina Supreme Court has ruled in reversing judgment.
It’s fair to assume Warren Hillman never intended that the proceeds of his federal employee life insurance policy would go to his ex-wife when he died unexpectedly in 2008.
But whatever Warren intended doesn’t matter. That’s because the U.S. Supreme Court has decided that the only thing that matters is that he did not change his beneficiary designation after his 1998 divorce.
The Federal Employees’ Group Life Insurance Act preempts a Virginia law that would have allowed a decedent’s current wife to recover life insurance proceeds paid to the man’s ex-wife as the policy’s named beneficiary.
The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that a divorced Virginia woman could not be forced to surrender the proceeds of a federal employee life insurance policy that she received as her ex-husband’s named beneficiary.
A life insurance policy taken out during a marriage that named the spouse as beneficiary is not automatically revoked upon the divorce of the parties, the Utah Court of Appeals has ruled.
A husband in a divorce case could not be ordered to cooperate with his wife in obtaining life insurance on his own life in order to secure his child support payments, the Kansas Supreme Court has ruled in reversing judgment.
Lawyers typically struggle in vain to get life insurance companies to pay up for a drunk driver’s death. But does an alcohol exclusion apply when a man dies from a simple fall down his own front door steps?
The 5th Circuit just decided that it doesn’t take a criminal act for an insurer to invoke an intoxication exclusion to deny accidental death benefits for an alcohol-related fatality.
An ERISA plan was required to provide accidental death benefits for an insured who died in a motorcycle crash while under the influence of alcohol, the 8th Circuit has ruled in affirming judgment.
An ex-wife’s equitable claim to a federal employee’s life insurance benefits is not preempted by federal law, the Indiana Supreme Court has ruled.
Federal law preempts a state law which would preclude a woman from keeping the proceeds of a federal employee life insurance policy as her ex-husband’s named beneficiary, the Virginia Supreme Court has ruled in reversing judgment.