Timeliness, Validity Issues Plague 30-Year-Old Claim, 2012 Payment

(February 5, 2016, 1:42 PM EST) -- ST. LOUIS — The Eighth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals recently received briefing over whether an insurer’s 2012 payment, which it now contends was improper based on a 1986 claim denial, tolled the statute of limitations (Susan P. DeCoursey v. American General Life Insurance Co., Nos. 15-1927, 15-1929, 8th Cir.).

In August 1986, a drunken driver killed Susan DeCoursey’s husband and infant son. DeCoursey sought $250,000 in life insurance proceeds, which American General Life Insurance Co.’s predecessor, Franklin Life Insurance Co., denied. American General claimed that...
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