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Material misrepresentation – via Florida law

Universal Health Chiropractic, P.C. v Infinity Prop. & Cas. Co., 2014 NY Slip Op 50350(U)(App. Term 2d Dept. 2014)

No preclusion here.

“The vehicle involved in the accident at issue was, at the time of the accident, insured by defendant under a Florida automobile insurance policy issued to plaintiff’s assignor. After an investigation into the accident revealed that the assignor had not resided at the Florida address listed on her insurance application and that her vehicle had not been garaged at that Florida address, defendant cancelled the policy ab initio, pursuant to Florida Statutes Annotated, title 37, § 627.409, which permits retroactive cancellation of an insurance contract if there has been a material misrepresentation in an application for insurance”

“Under Florida law, in order to show that it voided a motor vehicle policy ab initio, pursuant to Florida Statutes Annotated, title 37, § 627.409, an insurer must demonstrate that it gave notice of the rescission to the insured and that it returned or tendered all premiums paid within a reasonable time after the discovery of the grounds for avoiding the policy”

What would have happened had it not been the assignor who committed the material misrepresentation in the procurement?  The general deemer statute would have probably been effective and carrier would have had to pay benefits.