Mo. High Court Rules On Insurer Venue Rules

Law360, New York (March 2, 2011, 4:23 PM EST) -- The Missouri Supreme Court on Tuesday spelled out how to determine where insurance companies reside for venue purposes, ruling en banc that a lawsuit filed by Auto Owners Insurance Co. was improperly transferred from one county court to another.

In an en banc opinion, the court found that, when no tort is claimed, an insurance company can be sued in any county where it has an agent or office “for the transaction of its usual and customary business,” as it has held in past decisions.

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