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United States Life Insurance Company v. Wilson

Maryland Court of Special Appeals
18 A.3d 110 (2011)


Facts

Dr. John Griffith’s life-insurance policy lapsed when the renewal premium was overdue. United States Life Insurance Company (codefendant) sent him an “Application for Reinstatement of Coverage,” which stated that he could reinstate the policy by paying the overdue premium. On July 23, Griffith set up an e-check to pay the premium. The bank sent the check out two days later on July 25. Griffith died in an accident on July 28. The insurer received the check on July 30 and refused to pay benefits, claiming that the policy was lapsed on the date of death. Griffith’s widow, Elizabeth Wilson (plaintiff), sued the insurer and AMA Insurance Agency, Inc. (AMAIA) (codefendant), arguing that the policy had been reinstated before Griffith died. The trial court granted Wilson summary judgment. The insurer and AMAIA appealed.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Eyler, J.)

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