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Aetna Life Insurance Co. v. Haworth

300 U.S. 227, 57 S. Ct. 461, 81 L. Ed. 617 (1937)

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Aetna Life Insurance Co. v. Haworth

United States Supreme Court

300 U.S. 227, 57 S. Ct. 461, 81 L. Ed. 617 (1937)

Facts

Aetna Life Insurance Co. (plaintiff) issued Edwin Haworth (defendant) five life-insurance policies that provided for certain benefits if Haworth became totally and permanently disabled. When Haworth claimed that he was totally disabled, Aetna sued Haworth for a declaratory judgment that four of the policies were null and void for nonpayment and the remaining policy was limited to pay $45 upon Haworth’s death. The district court dismissed Aetna’s complaint on the ground that it was not a justiciable controversy under the Federal Declaratory Judgment Act. Aetna appealed, and the court of appeals affirmed. Aetna appealed to the United States Supreme Court, which granted cert.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Hughes, C.J.)

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