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District Court of Appeal of Florida, First District.
Oct. 6, 1964.
[*780] WILLIS, BEN C., Associate Judge.
The appellant-defendant sustained an adverse summary final judgment rendered in the trial court in behalf of the appellee-plaintiffs who were the insureds in a fire insurance policy issued by the appellant company. The trial judge was confronted with pure questions of law. On this appeal [*781] it is asserted that he failed to apply the proper legal principles, which, if they had been recognized, would have resulted in a judgment favorable to the appellant-defendant.
The parties will be referred to as they appeared in the trial court. The plaintiffs Boswell were the owners of real estate which included a frame, one-story dwelling house. On November 16, 1959, defendant issued its standard fire insurance policy for $6,000 on the dwelling for a one-year period. The insureds named in the policy were the plaintiffs as owners and a Mr. and Mrs. Alford who were shown as purchasers under a contract of sale. The plaintiffs paid the required premium. The Alfords soon defaulted in their obligations on the [**2] contract and their rights in the property were extinguished by a quit claim deed to the plaintiffs. On May 25, 1960 an endorsement to the insurance policy was issued showing the Alfords no longer had an insurable interest in the property.
On July 1, 1960 the plaintiffs Boswell entered into a written contract of sale and purchase of this property with Mr. and Mrs. James W. Brown, who went into possession of the premises. The purchase price was $12,500 of which $500 was paid in cash with the balance to be paid in monthly installments with interest on the unpaid balance. The contract required the purchasers to procure fire insurance of at least $7,500 for the benefit of both the sellers and purchasers. The Browns procured insurance in the sum of $15,000 with a company not a party to this suit.
On August 7, 1960, well within the policy period, the insured premises were totally destroyed by fire. The following day the plaintiffs reported the loss to defendant's agent.
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167 So. 2d 780 *; 1964 Fla. App. LEXIS 3683 **
SPRINGFIELD FIRE AND MARINE INSURANCE COMPANY, Appellant, v. Brady B. BOSWELL and Dora Lee Boswell, Appellees.
insurer, insurable interest, purchase price, total loss, unpaid, face amount, time of loss, vendor, fire insurance policy, purchasers, destroyed, parties, deed, insured premises, sales contract, destruction, settlement, coverage, proceeds, procured, premium, peril
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