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Editor: Gerry W. Beyer
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Iowa Supreme Court Denies Widow Insurance Benefits

Unknown-6The Iowa Supreme Court recently ruled that an insurance company does not have to cover the property damage suffered by a widow when her husband burned down their house to commit suicide.

In 2009, while Michelle Postell and her husband were separated, he poured gasoline and lit the house on fire to kill himself.  Michelle Postell had a fire insurance policy with American Family insurance and she had paid the premiums on that policy for 20 years.  However, the court ultimately ruled that she did not qualify for help under her longstanding policy because her husband intentionally caused a loss.  Even though she had nothing to do with the fire, she still cannot recover. 

See Court: Iowa Widow Cannot Recover Damages, DesMoinesRegister.com, Nov. 16, 2012. 

Special thanks to Brian Cohan (Attorney at Law, Law Offices of Brian J. Cohan, P.C.) for bringing this article to my attention.


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