Max Schramel Sep. 25, 2014, 5:57pm


NEW ORLEANS – A woman is suing a life insurance company for allegedly not paying life insurance benefits after the father of her child was shot to death.

Iviane Johnson filed suit against Globe Life & Accident Insurance Company in the Orleans Parish Civil District Court on Aug. 1.

Johnson claims on Dec. 12, 2012, she purchased a $50,000 term life policy from Globe Life designating her as the main beneficiary. The policy insured the life of Billy Ray McCormick, father of the petitioner’s minor child, which purportedly included an accidental death benefit rider in the allotted amount of $100,000.

On Aug. 27, 2013, McCormick died due to a gunshot wound in New Orleans. Johnson alleges that despite repeated requests, Globe Life has refused to tender payment of the subject life insurance policy to the main beneficiary, Iviane Johnson, which constitutes a direct violation of Louisiana law.

Iviane Johnson has a pecuniary interest in the subject life insurance policy, as she is the mother of McCormick’s only child.

The plaintiff is represented by attorney Michael J. Winsberg.

The case has been assigned to Div. F Judge Christopher J. Bruno.

Case no. 2014-07607.

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