McGlinchey v. Hartford Accident and Indemnity Co., Civ. A. No. 87-1707.

CourtUnited States District Courts. 3th Circuit. United States District Court (Eastern District of Pennsylvania)
Writing for the CourtGeorge D. Sheehan, Jr., Philadelphia, Pa., for Hartford Acc. and Indem. Co
Citation666 F. Supp. 70
PartiesHerbert J. McGLINCHEY v. HARTFORD ACCIDENT AND INDEMNITY CO. and Liberty Mutual Insurance Company.
Decision Date08 July 1987
Docket NumberCiv. A. No. 87-1707.

666 F. Supp. 70

Herbert J. McGLINCHEY
v.
HARTFORD ACCIDENT AND INDEMNITY CO.
and
Liberty Mutual Insurance Company.

Civ. A. No. 87-1707.

United States District Court, E.D. Pennsylvania.

July 8, 1987.


Thomas Patrick Kelly, Philadelphia, Pa., for plaintiff.

George D. Sheehan, Jr., Philadelphia, Pa., for Hartford Acc. and Indem. Co.

Nancy M. Goodwin, Philadelphia, Pa., for Liberty Mutual.

MEMORANDUM AND ORDER

DITTER, District Judge.

Plaintiff contends this court lacks diversity jurisdiction in his suit against two companies that provided him with no-fault automobile insurance. The matter comes before me on plaintiff's petition to remand his action to state court.

Plaintiff was driving a rental vehicle in Florida when he was involved in an accident with an uninsured motorist. Plaintiff had paid the rental company for accident coverage provided by one of the defendants here, Liberty Mutual Insurance Company. In addition, plaintiff also had no-fault benefits provided by the other defendant, Hartford Accident and Indemnity Co., as the result of his owning an automobile in Pennsylvania.

Plaintiff brought suit in state court against both Liberty and Hartford seeking uninsured motorist benefits from the former and medical expenses from the latter. With Liberty's express consent, Hartford removed plaintiff's suit to this court on the grounds that there is complete diversity of citizenship. Plaintiff's motion to remand followed.

It is uncontested that plaintiff is a citizen of Pennsylvania, Hartford a citizen of Connecticut, and Liberty Mutual, a citizen of Massachusetts. However, plaintiff points to 28 U.S.C. § 1332(c) which provides:

In any direct action against the insurer of a policy or contract of liability insurance ... to which action the insured is not joined as a party-defendant, such insurer shall be deemed a citizen of the
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State of which the insured is a citizen, as well as of any State by which the insurer has been incorporated and of the State where it has its principal place of business.

Plaintiff contends that there is no diversity because his citizenship must be imputed to both Hartford and Liberty Mutual.

Section 1332(c) is not applicable in this case. First, this is not a "direct action" against an insurer within the meaning of the statute. "Direct actions" in this sense are limited to cases where a party sues an insurer, on the basis of an insured's liability, without joining or first obtaining a judgment...

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  • McGlinchey v. Hartford Acc. and Indem. Co., No. 88-1739
    • United States
    • United States Courts of Appeals. United States Court of Appeals (3rd Circuit)
    • January 24, 1989
    ...plaintiffs appeal from the district court's order denying their motion to remand this case to the state court from which it was removed, 666 F.Supp. 70. We have jurisdiction as this is an appeal from a final judgment. 28 U.S.C. Sec. I. BACKGROUND On November 11, 1983, Herbert McGlinchey, wh......
  • Tuck v. United Services Auto. Ass'n, No. 85-2770
    • United States
    • United States Courts of Appeals. United States Court of Appeals (10th Circuit)
    • October 14, 1988
    ...impose liability on USAA for the negligence of any party insured by USAA. 6 See also McGlinchey v. Hartford Accident and Indemnity Co., 666 F.Supp. 70, 71 (E.D.Pa.1987) (direct action provision doesn't bar suit under uninsured motorist provision); Irvin v. Allstate Ins. Co., 436 F.Supp. 575......
  • Peterson v. Tig Specialty Ins. Co., No. C-2-02-311.
    • United States
    • United States District Courts. 6th Circuit. United States District Courts. 6th Circuit. Southern District of Ohio
    • July 26, 2002
    ...Cir.1985); Kimball Small Props. v. Am. Nat'l Fire Ins., 755 F.Supp. 1465 (N.D.Cal.1991); McGlinchey v. Hartford Accident & Indem. Co., 666 F.Supp. 70, 71 (E.D.Pa. 1987). One court summarized the rule as [A] "direct action" for purposes of this section [is] one "in which a party suffering in......
  • Baldridge v. Amica Mut. Ins. Co., Civil Action No. 17-273
    • United States
    • United States District Courts. 3th Circuit. United States District Courts. 3th Circuit. Western District of Pennsylvania
    • May 8, 2017
    ...1985); Kimball Small Props. v. Am. Nat'l Fire Ins., 755 F. Supp. 1465 (N.D. Cal. 1991); McGlinchey v. Hartford Accident & Indem. Co., 666 F. Supp. 70, 71 (E.D. Pa. 1987), aff'd, 866 F.2d 651 (3d Cir. 1989). See Travelers Indem. Co. v. Bailey, 557 U.S. 137, 143 n.2 (2009) ("[a] true 'direct ......
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  • McGlinchey v. Hartford Acc. and Indem. Co., No. 88-1739
    • United States
    • United States Courts of Appeals. United States Court of Appeals (3rd Circuit)
    • January 24, 1989
    ...plaintiffs appeal from the district court's order denying their motion to remand this case to the state court from which it was removed, 666 F.Supp. 70. We have jurisdiction as this is an appeal from a final judgment. 28 U.S.C. Sec. I. BACKGROUND On November 11, 1983, Herbert McGlinchey, wh......
  • Tuck v. United Services Auto. Ass'n, No. 85-2770
    • United States
    • United States Courts of Appeals. United States Court of Appeals (10th Circuit)
    • October 14, 1988
    ...impose liability on USAA for the negligence of any party insured by USAA. 6 See also McGlinchey v. Hartford Accident and Indemnity Co., 666 F.Supp. 70, 71 (E.D.Pa.1987) (direct action provision doesn't bar suit under uninsured motorist provision); Irvin v. Allstate Ins. Co., 436 F.Supp. 575......
  • Peterson v. Tig Specialty Ins. Co., No. C-2-02-311.
    • United States
    • United States District Courts. 6th Circuit. United States District Courts. 6th Circuit. Southern District of Ohio
    • July 26, 2002
    ...Cir.1985); Kimball Small Props. v. Am. Nat'l Fire Ins., 755 F.Supp. 1465 (N.D.Cal.1991); McGlinchey v. Hartford Accident & Indem. Co., 666 F.Supp. 70, 71 (E.D.Pa. 1987). One court summarized the rule as [A] "direct action" for purposes of this section [is] one "in which a party suffering in......
  • Baldridge v. Amica Mut. Ins. Co., Civil Action No. 17-273
    • United States
    • United States District Courts. 3th Circuit. United States District Courts. 3th Circuit. Western District of Pennsylvania
    • May 8, 2017
    ...1985); Kimball Small Props. v. Am. Nat'l Fire Ins., 755 F. Supp. 1465 (N.D. Cal. 1991); McGlinchey v. Hartford Accident & Indem. Co., 666 F. Supp. 70, 71 (E.D. Pa. 1987), aff'd, 866 F.2d 651 (3d Cir. 1989). See Travelers Indem. Co. v. Bailey, 557 U.S. 137, 143 n.2 (2009) ("[a] true 'direct ......
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