American Mut. Life Ins. Co. v. Mason

Citation159 Ind. 15, 64 N.E. 525
Case DateJune 05, 1902
CourtSupreme Court of Indiana

159 Ind. 15
64 N.E. 525

AMERICAN MUTUAL LIFE INS. CO.
v.
MASON.

Supreme Court of Indiana.

June 5, 1902.


Appeal from circuit court, Elkhart county; Joseph D. Ferrall, Judge.

Action by William H. Mason against the American Mutual Life Insurance Company. From a judgment in favor of plaintiff, defendant appeals. Transferred from the appellate court under section 1337u, Burns' Rev. St. 1901 (Acts 1901, p. 590). Affirmed.


Vanfleet & Vanfleet, for appellant. Henry C. Dodge, for appellee.

MONKS, J.

This was an action brought by appellee upon a judgment recovered by him against appellant, a corporation organized under the laws of this state, in the common pleas court of Ashland county, Ohio. A trial of said cause by the court resulted in a finding, and, over a motion for a new trial, a judgment, in favor of appellee. The only error assigned is that the court erred in overruling appellant's motion for a new trial. The causes assigned for a new trial were: “(1) The decision of the court is not sustained by sufficient evidence. (2) The decision is contrary to law. (3) The court erred in admitting in evidence the transcript of the judgment sued upon.”

Counsel for appellant insist that the transcript of the Ohio judgment, which was the only evidence given in the cause, “showed upon its face want of jurisdiction over appellant for two reasons: (1) It showed that no judge was present; and (2) that the proceedings were had upon constructive service alone.” The transcript read in evidence purports to be a copy of the proceedings of the common pleas court of Ashland county, Ohio, in the case of appellee against appellant, an Indiana corporation, wherein a judgment was rendered by that court against appellant for the sum of $230.33 and costs. Section 1, art. 4, of the constitution of the United States, requires that full faith and credit shall be given in each state to the judicial proceedings of every other state, and authorizes congress to prescribe by general laws the manner in which proceedings shall be proved, and the effect thereof. This congress has done. Rev. St. U. S. 1878, p. 171; section 458, Burns' Rev. St. 1901 (section 454, Rev. St. 1881; section 454, Horner's Rev. St. 1901). It is settled that the judgments of the courts of any state having jurisdiction over the subject-matter and of the parties are conclusive on the merits in the other states of the Union until reversed on appeal, or set aside and vacated in a proper proceeding by the court which rendered the judgment, and not, therefore, open to collateral attack. Mills v. Duryee, 7 Cranch, 481, 3 L. Ed. 411. For note to this case, see 1 Rose, Notes U. S. Rep., 559-568. Cole v. Cunningham, 133 U. S. 111, 10 Sup. Ct. 269, 33 L. Ed. 538;Hanley v. Donoghue, 116 U. S. 4, 6 Sup. Ct. 242, 29 L. Ed. 535;

[64 N.E. 526]

Christmas v. Russell, 5 Wall. 290, 302, 18 L. Ed. 475, and cases cited; Kingman v. Paulson, 126 Ind. 507, 26 N. E. 393, 22 Am. St. Rep. 611;Westcott v. Brown, 13 Ind. 83;Mutual Fire Ins. Co. v. Phœnix Furniture Co., 108 Mich. 170, 172, 66 N. W. 1095, 34 L. R. A. 694, 62 Am. St. Rep. 693, 694, and note p. 697; Railroad Co. v. Grayson, 88 Ala. 572, 7 South. 122, 16 Am. St. Rep. 69, and note; Semple v. Glenn, 91 Ala. 245, 6 South, 46, 24 Am. St. Rep. 894, 897;Peet v. Hatcher, 112 Ala. 514, 527-530, 21 South. 711, 57 Am. St. Rep. 45, 54-56;Parker v. Mill Co., 91 Wis. 174, 179-182, 64 N. W. 751, 51 Am. St. Rep. 881, 883-885;Ambler v. Whipple, 139 Ill. 311, 28 N. E. 841, 32 Am. St. Rep. 202, 211, 212, and note; Insurance Co. v. Thompson, 155 Ill. 204, 40 N. E. 488, 46 Am. St. Rep. 335, 338, 339;Crumlish's Adm'r v. Improvement Co., 38 W. Va. 390, 398, 18 S. E. 456, 23 L. R. A. 120, 45 Am. St. Rep. 872, 877, 878;Barnes v. Gibbs, 31 N. J. Law, 317, 86 Am. Dec. 210, and note; Dudley v. Lindsey, 9 B. Mon. 486, 50 Am. Dec. 522, 524;Cook v. Thornhill, 13 Tex. 293, 65 Am. Dec. 63; Bank v. Wheeler, 28 Conn. 433, 73 Am. Dec. 683; Fisher v. Fielding, 67 Conn. 91, 34 Atl. 714, 32 L. R. A. 236, 52 Am. St. Rep. 270;Weeks v. Harriman, 65 N. H. 91, 18 Atl. 87, 4 L. R. A. 744, 23 Am. St. Rep. 21, and note; Hallum v. Dickinson, 54 Ark. 311, 313-315, 15 S. W. 775; Thomas v. Morrissett, 76 Ga. 384, 387-391; Harrington v. Harrington, 154 Mass. 517, 28 N. E. 903;McMahon v. Association, 169 Mass. 539, 48 N. E. 339, 61 Am. St. Rep. 306;Van Norman v. Gordon, 172 Mass. 576, 53 N. E. 267, 44 L. R. A. 840, 70 Am. St. Rep. 304;Kinnier v. Kinnier, 45 N. Y. 535, 6 Am. Rep. 132;Teel v. Yost, 128 N. Y. 387, 28 N. E. 353, 13 L. R. A. 796;Kitchen v. Bank, 53 Kan. 242, 36 Pac. 344, 42 Am. St. Rep. 282; Rankin v. Goddard, 54 Me. 28, 89 Am. Dec. 718; Id., 55 Me. 389; Notes to Kelley v. Kelley (Mass.) 25 L. R. A. 806, 42 Am. St. Rep. 398 (s. c. 36 N. E. 837); Van Fleet, Coll. Attack, §§ 845-847; 2 Black, Judgm. §§ 856, 857, 859, 883; Freem. Judgm. (4th Ed.) §§ 559, 560. The same rule has been declared by a number...

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  • Furda v. State Of Md.., 2240, Sept. Term, 2008.
    • United States
    • Court of Special Appeals of Maryland
    • September 14, 2010
    ...court, is to comply and cite the order as reversible error should an adverse judgment result”); American Mut. Life Ins. Co. v. Mason, 159 Ind. 15, 64 N.E. 525, 525 (1902) (“[T]he judgments of the courts of any state having jurisdiction over the subject-matter and of the parties are conclusi......
  • Zechiel v. Firemen's Fund Ins. Co., 4704.
    • United States
    • United States Courts of Appeals. United States Court of Appeals (7th Circuit)
    • October 12, 1932
    ...the subject-matter, and of the parties in interest. Roberts v. Leutzke, 39 Ind. App. 577, 78 N. E. 635; American, etc., Ins. Co. v. Mason, 159 Ind. 15, 64 N. E. 525; Runner v. Scott, 150 Ind. 441, 50 N. E. 479; Boyer v. Robertson, 149 Ind. 74, 48 N. E. 7; Davis v. Taylor, 140 Ind. 439, 39 N......
  • Old Wayne Mut. Life Ass'n of Indianapolis v. McDonough, 20,128.
    • United States
    • Indiana Supreme Court of Indiana
    • March 8, 1905
    ...from the transcript of the proceedings of said court, the burden of showing the same was upon appellant. American, etc., Co. v. Mason, 159 Ind. 15, 19, 64 N. E. 525, and authorities cited; Van Norman v. Gordon, 172 Mass. 576, 579, 53 N. E. 267, 44 L. R. A. 840, 70 Am. St. Rep. 304, and case......
  • Irose v. Balla, 22,544
    • United States
    • Indiana Supreme Court of Indiana
    • April 10, 1914
    ...and disclosing the soundness of the rule in Kingman v. Paulson, [181 Ind. 498] supra, and American Mut. Life Ins. Co. v. Mason (1902), 159 Ind. 15, 64 N.E. 525, and cases cited. In each of those cases the foreign judgment was based, as here, on a contractual obligation, though in the Kingma......
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  • Furda v. State Of Md.., No. 2240, Sept. Term, 2008.
    • United States
    • Court of Special Appeals of Maryland
    • September 14, 2010
    ...court, is to comply and cite the order as reversible error should an adverse judgment result”); American Mut. Life Ins. Co. v. Mason, 159 Ind. 15, 64 N.E. 525, 525 (1902) (“[T]he judgments of the courts of any state having jurisdiction over the subject-matter and of the parties are conclusi......
  • Zechiel v. Firemen's Fund Ins. Co., No. 4704.
    • United States
    • United States Courts of Appeals. United States Court of Appeals (7th Circuit)
    • October 12, 1932
    ...the subject-matter, and of the parties in interest. Roberts v. Leutzke, 39 Ind. App. 577, 78 N. E. 635; American, etc., Ins. Co. v. Mason, 159 Ind. 15, 64 N. E. 525; Runner v. Scott, 150 Ind. 441, 50 N. E. 479; Boyer v. Robertson, 149 Ind. 74, 48 N. E. 7; Davis v. Taylor, 140 Ind. 439, 39 N......
  • Old Wayne Mut. Life Ass'n of Indianapolis v. McDonough, No. 20,128.
    • United States
    • Indiana Supreme Court of Indiana
    • March 8, 1905
    ...from the transcript of the proceedings of said court, the burden of showing the same was upon appellant. American, etc., Co. v. Mason, 159 Ind. 15, 19, 64 N. E. 525, and authorities cited; Van Norman v. Gordon, 172 Mass. 576, 579, 53 N. E. 267, 44 L. R. A. 840, 70 Am. St. Rep. 304, and case......
  • Irose v. Balla, 22,544
    • United States
    • Indiana Supreme Court of Indiana
    • April 10, 1914
    ...and disclosing the soundness of the rule in Kingman v. Paulson, [181 Ind. 498] supra, and American Mut. Life Ins. Co. v. Mason (1902), 159 Ind. 15, 64 N.E. 525, and cases cited. In each of those cases the foreign judgment was based, as here, on a contractual obligation, though in the Kingma......
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