July 3, 2009
JACKSON -- The state Supreme Court has reversed two lower courts'' rulings in a life insurance dispute from Lowndes County. The high court said Daniel Ray Weathers can pursue his claims of fraud against Metropolitan Life Insurance Co.
Lowndes County Circuit Judge Lee Howard in 2007 dismissed Weathers'' lawsuit -- a decision that was upheld by the state''s 10-member Court of Appeals in 2008. However, the Supreme Court on Thursday overturned those decisions and sent the case back for a trial in Lowndes County Circuit Court.
The nine-member court unanimously threw out the lower courts rulings'' that Weathers had waited too long to file his lawsuit in 2001. His suit alleges MetLife fraudulently concealed information about a "vanishing premium" provision in a policy sold to him in 1994.
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