Jury to decide on insurance plot suit

Sept. 25, 2007 at 9:40 PM
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SAN ANTONIO, Sept. 25 (UPI) -- A judge in Texas has refused to dismiss a lawsuit against an insurer brought by the widow of a man whose ex-wife held a large policy on his life.

Tracy Shue argues that the insurer, USAA, should have done more than notify Col. Philip Shue that his ex-wife, Nancy Shue, had taken out a $500,000 policy on his life. Shue died four years later in a car crash that was ruled a suicide.

At a hearing Monday, a lawyer for the insurer argued that the company fulfilled its duty by telling Shue that only Nancy Shue could cancel the policy, The San Antonio Express-News reported. Bill Ford said that USAA advised Shue to get a lawyer and to advise police of the policy.

Tracy Shue’s lawyer, Jason Davis, said that the company should have warned Nancy Shue that she would not collect on the policy if she did anything to bring about her ex-husband’s death.

"Col. Shue lived for four years with a bounty on his head," he said. "USAA held that bounty."

Shue’s death was investigated by a grand jury that found no evidence of crime. But Tracy Shue contended that he had been abducted.

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