Insurer faces counterclaim in STOLI case

 

In 2009, the Penn Mutual Life Insurance Company sued a trust and its trustee in a Delaware federal court, alleging the life insurance policy issued to them was part of an impermissible “stranger oriented life insurance” or “STOLI” scheme. Penn Mutual sought to rescind the policy because of “material misrepresentations” it relied upon when it placed the coverage.

The trust filed a counterclaim against Penn Mutual, essentially arguing that any misrepresentations in the policy application were made by Penn Mutual’s agents and should therefore be imputed to Penn Mutual itself. Penn Mutual asked the Delaware court to dismiss the counterclaim. But the court refused.  On July 30, 2010 it held the trust’s allegations “implicate legal and factual issues related to agency” and allowed the counterclaim to proceed further. The case is styled civil action number 09-677, Penn Mutual Life Insurance Company v. Barbara Glasser 2007 Insurance Trust, in the United States District Court for the District of Delaware.

 

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