World Mutual Benefit Association v. Worthing, 9,088

CourtSupreme Court of Nebraska
Writing for the CourtSULLIVAN, J.
Citation81 N.W. 620,59 Neb. 587
Docket Number9,088
Decision Date24 January 1900

81 N.W. 620

59 Neb. 587



No. 9,088

Supreme Court of Nebraska

January 24, 1900

ERROR from the district court of Douglas county. Tried below before FAWCETT, J. Affirmed.


James W. Carr, for plaintiff in error.

T. J. Mahoney, contra.

OPINION [81 N.W. 621]

[59 Neb. 588] SULLIVAN, J.

This action was instituted by Ada Worthing against the World Mutual Benefit Association to recover the sum of $ 1,000, claimed to be due on a policy of life insurance issued by the defendant to Zeno Worthing. The insurance was originally taken out for the benefit of Vina Worthing, the wife of the insured, but, for reasons not necessary to mention, the old policy was, in June, 1894, superseded by a new one in which the plaintiff was designated as the beneficiary. The trial of the cause to a jury in the district court of Douglas county resulted in a verdict and judgment against the defendant. One of the contentions of counsel for the company is that the policy was obtained by means of false representations made by Zeno Worthing in regard to the condition of his health at and before the time of applying to the defendant for insurance. This question was fairly submitted to the jury under proper instructions, and their finding, being supported by competent evidence, and not being clearly and palpably wrong, must be permitted to stand.

Another contention is that the policy lapsed on account of a failure on the part of the insured to pay an assessment which became due on May 15, 1894. Upon this point the court instructed the jury as follows: "You are instructed that by the issuance of the policy sued on, the defendant waived all of the objections on the ground of failure to pay promptly an assessment due prior to the issuance of said policy, and you are further instructed that any default in payment, or failure to make payment within the time required, prior to the actual issuance of the policy sued on, is wholly immaterial for the purposes of this case and you should not consider any such default in the making up of your verdict." The giving of this instruction is not assigned as error, and we have therefore, no occasion or authority to review it for the purpose of determining whether it is right or wrong. [59 Neb. 589] It became the law of the case, and the jury were bound to follow it and act on it in making up their verdict. COBB, C. J. discussing this question in Omaha & R. V. R. Co. v. Hall, 33 Neb. 229, 50 N.W. 10, used this language: "The...

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  • World Mut. Ben. Ass'n v. Worthing
    • United States
    • Supreme Court of Nebraska
    • January 24, 1900
    ...59 Neb. 58781 N.W. 620WORLD MUT. BEN. ASS'Nv.WORTHING.Supreme Court of Nebraska.Jan. 24, [81 N.W. 620]Syllabus by the Court. 1. A verdict, supported by competent evidence, will not be set aside unless clearly or palpably wrong. 2. An instruction, the giving of which is not assigned as error......

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