Topic: Massachusetts Developments

Massachusetts Court Applies Subjective Test Concerning Good Health Requirement In Life Insurance Policy

A Massachusetts court recently ruled that a “good health” requirement in a life insurance policy must be interpreted based upon what the contracting parties knew at the time the policy was issued (a subjective test), not based upon what in fact turned out to be true based on discoveries made at a later date (an objective test). 

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Massachusetts Insurers Insolvency Fund Not Implicated Until Uninsured Motor Vehicle Coverage Is Exhausted

On July 12, 2007, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court held that, where a vehicle causing an accident is owned by a governmental entity and is insured by an insolvent insurer, the Massachusetts Insurers Insolvency Fund is not obligated to compensate the injured individual unless and until the injured individual’s own uninsured motor vehicle coverage has been exhausted. 

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