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Estate of Man Murdered for Life Ins. Policy Has Claim Against Insurer


— February 26, 2004

A murdered man’s lack of knowledge and consent to an insurance policy on his life is a sufficient basis for a wrongful death suit against the insurer by his estate alleging negligent issuance of a life insurance policy, the Illinois Supreme Court held Jan. 23 (Khalid J. Bajwa v. Metropolitan Life Insurance Co., No. 95051, Ill. Sup.; 2004 Ill. LEXIS 5). . . .

[B]ajwa’s suit, filed under Illinois’ Wrongful Death Act, alleges that the negligent issuance of a life insurance policy by Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. “proximately caused the murder of Muhammad Cheema (decedent or A. Cheema) by the beneficiary of the policy.”

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A murdered man’s lack of knowledge and consent to an insurance policy on his life is a sufficient basis for a wrongful death suit against the insurer by his estate alleging negligent issuance of a life insurance policy, the Illinois Supreme Court held Jan. 23 (Khalid J. Bajwa v. Metropolitan Life Insurance Co., No. 95051, Ill. Sup.; 2004 Ill. LEXIS 5). . . .

[B]ajwa’s suit, filed under Illinois’ Wrongful Death Act, alleges that the negligent issuance of a life insurance policy by Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. “proximately caused the murder of Muhammad Cheema (decedent or A. Cheema) by the beneficiary of the policy.”

Details here from LexisONE.

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