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Sims v. Great American Life Insurance Co.

United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
469 F.3d 870 (2006)


Facts

After her husband, Lawrence Sims, died in a car accident, Mrs. Sims (plaintiff) sued her husband’s life insurance company, Great American Life Insurance Company (Great American) (defendant), for breach of contract and bad faith in denying her claim for benefits. Mrs. Sims’s case was heard in federal court as a diversity case. After the jury found in Mrs. Sims’s favor, Great American appealed, arguing that the trial court improperly applied state law to determine the admissibility of evidence rather than the Federal Rules of Evidence.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Tymkovich, J.)

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