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Northwestern National Life Ins. Co. v. Riggs, 203 U.S. 243 (1906)

Northwestern National Life Insurance Company v. Riggs

No. 34

Argued October 18, 1906

Decided December 3, 1906

203 U.S. 243


The provision of §§ 7890, 7891, Revised Statutes of Missouri, which, as construed by the highest court of that state, cut off any defense by a life insurance company based upon false and fraudulent statements in the application, unless the matter represented actually contributed to the death of the insured, and which apply alike to domestic and foreign corporations, is not repugnant to the Fourteenth Amendment, and does not deprive a foreign corporation coming into the its liberty or property without due process of law, nor deny to it the equal protection of the laws. The liberty referred to in the Fourteenth Amendment is the liberty of natural, not artificial, persons.

129 F. 207 affirmed.

The facts are stated in the opinion.

Page 203 U. S. 247

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