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STROEHMANN ET AL. v. MUTUAL LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY NEW YORK

decided: March 29, 1937.

STROEHMANN ET AL
v.
MUTUAL LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY OF NEW YORK



CERTIORARI TO THE CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE THIRD CIRCUIT.

Hughes, Van Devanter, McReynolds, Brandeis, Sutherland, Butler, Stone, Roberts, Cardozo

Author: Mcreynolds

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 MR. JUSTICE McREYNOLDS delivered the opinion of the Court.

By a policy dated June 30, 1930, respondent Insurance Company, a New York corporation, agreed to pay the

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     named beneficiary $40,000.00 upon death of Carl F. Stroehmann, the insured. Or to pay $80,000.00 if his death results from accidental bodily injury, "all upon the conditions set forth in Section 1." "And if the Insured is totally and presumably permanently disabled before age 60, will pay to the Insured $400.00 monthly during such disability, increasing after five and ten years continuous disability, besides waiving premium payments, all upon the conditions set forth in Section 3."

The policy is a long and complicated document. It incorporates the application and the Medical Examiner's report.

Section 1 (two printed pages) relates to the "Double Indemnity" obligation. It defines the injury to which the insurance applies, specifies the necessary proof, optional modes of settlement, etc.

Section 3 -- "Benefits in Event of Total and Permanent Disability before Age 60," is in the margin.*fn1 It defines

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     total and permanent disability; states when benefits will become effective; what they shall be; when premiums will be waived. Also specifies what will be considered permanent disability, when proofs may be demanded, etc.

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     And provides: "Disability Benefits shall not be granted if disability is the result of self-inflicted injury. The provision for Disability Benefits shall automatically terminate if the Insured shall at any time, voluntarily or involuntarily engage in military or naval service in time of war outside of the continental limits of the United States of America and the Dominion of ...


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