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Case v. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co.

United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
294 F.2d 676 (5th Cir. 1961)


Facts

Case (plaintiff) was an independent contractor representing three insurance companies (companies) (defendants) as a local agent. Case’s written contract with the companies gave the companies the right to cancel the contracts “with or without cause.” The companies terminated Case’s representation and Case brought suit alleging wrongful termination. Case also alleged that the companies interfered with his work as their agent, but did not bring any action upon those claims, merely tying them into his wrongful termination claim. The companies filed a motion to dismiss for failure to state a claim, which the trial court granted. Case appealed.

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