MCGEE V. INTERNATIONAL LIFE INSURANCE CO

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MCGEE V. INTERNATIONAL LIFE INSURANCE CO., 355 US 220, 222-24, 78 S.Ct. 199, 200-01, 2 L.Ed.2d 223, 225-26 (1957) History: McGee recovered judgment in CA; sought to enforce judgment in TX; TX court refused to enforce it, citing the 14th Amendment that CA could not assume jurisdiction over International Life w/out service w/in its boundaries; Supreme Court held exercise of jurisdiction by CA was proper Facts: Plaintiff McGee was the beneficiary of a life insurance policy issued by Empire Mutual Insurance Co. (AZ) to Lowell Franklin (CA); in 1948, Empire became International Life Insurance Co.; Franklin stayed w/International until he died in 1950; neither Empire nor International ever had an office or agent in CA Issue(s): Was due process clause violated in pursuing judgment against International in TX? Holding: CA’s exercise of jurisdiction over TX was proper Analysis: Improvements in communication and transportation make it easier for out-ofstate litigants to defend suits; no contention that International didn’t have adequate notice of the suit or sufficient time to prepare its defenses and appear; International’s contract w/ resident of CA was enough to be a substantial contact in CA;


				
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