Renner v. Progressive Life Ins. Co., 4-4735.

CourtSupreme Court of Arkansas
Writing for the CourtMehaffy
Citation109 S.W.2d 1245
Docket NumberNo. 4-4735.,4-4735.
Decision Date11 October 1937

Page 1245

109 S.W.2d 1245
No. 4-4735.
Supreme Court of Arkansas.
October 11, 1937.
Rehearing Denied December 6, 1937.

Appeal from Circuit Court, Benton County; John S. Combs, Judge.

Action by Charles F. Renner against the Progressive Life Insurance Company. Judgment for defendant, and plaintiff appeals.


John W. Nance, of McAllen, Tex., for appellant.

E. M. Arnold, of Little Rock, and Duty & Duty, of Rogers, for appellee.

MEHAFFY, Justice.

This is the third appeal in this case. The last appeal was Renner v. Progressive Life Insurance Company, 101 S.W.(2d) 426, decided by this court on January 25, 1937, and the first appeal is Renner v. Progressive Life Insurance Company, 191 Ark. 836, 88 S.W.(2d) 57. A history of the case and the facts are stated in these two opinions, and it would serve no useful purpose to restate them in this opinion.

In this case, in the Benton circuit court, a demurrer was sustained, and judgment entered against appellant, from which comes this appeal.

It is contended by the appellees that the complaint shows upon its face that the cause of action is barred by the statute of limitations. Appellant contends that section 1189, Crawford & Moses' Dig., sets out the grounds of demurrer, and prescribes the limits of the grounds of demurrer. That section reads as follows:

"The defendant may demur to the complaint where it appears on its face, either:

"First. That the court has no jurisdiction of the person of the defendant, or the subject of the action; or,

"Second. That the plaintiff has not legal capacity to sue (a); or,

"Third. That there is another action pending between the same parties for the same cause (b); or,

"Fourth. That there is a defect of parties, plaintiff or defendant (c); or,

"Fifth. That the complaint does not state facts sufficient to constitute a cause of action (d)."

It is conceded by appellant that this court has held in numerous cases that, if the complaint shows upon its face that the cause of action is barred by limitation, that question may be raised by demurrer; but he contends that the Legislature has power to prescribe and limit the grounds of demurrer, and that it has done so in the section above quoted.

This court has frequently said that, where the complaint shows on its face that it is barred by the statute of limitations, and no ground of avoidance is shown, this question may be raised by demurrer. In the case of Smith v. Missouri Pacific R. Co., 175 Ark. 626, 1 S.W. (2d) 48, 49, we said: "This court has frequently held,...

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  • Renner v. Progresssive Life Insurance Co.
    • United States
    • Supreme Court of Arkansas
    • 11 Octubre 1937
    ......Progressive Life Insurance. Company, 193 Ark. 504, 101 S.W.2d 426, decided by this. court on January 25, ......

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