McGee v. International Life Insurance Co.

355 U.S. 220 (1957)

Yeazell, p. 116-117


Facts: The plaintiff is the beneficiary of a life insurance policy for which the defendant refused to pay a claim.  The defendant was based in Texas, but the premiums were sent by mail from California.


Issue: Does the state of California have specific jurisdiction over the defendant?


Rule: If the contact between the defendant and the state of California is minimal, such contact must be closely related to the claim in order for the state of California to have jurisdiction.


Analysis: The court finds that the life insurance policy in question had substantial connection with the state of California.  Furthermore, the court holds that the state has an interest in protecting its citizens without making them travel to other states.


Conclusion: It is suggested that the court ruled that California does have jurisdiction over the defendant.


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