Summary Mississippi Insurance Law CoverIt’s time for the next installment of Holcomb Dunbar law series “Insurance Law from A to Z.”  This was put together by our litigation group  who practice in the insurance law arena.  Of course, if you have questions about these or any other topics please do not hesitate to contact us.

This week’s installment – Exclusions

Household Exclusion

The household exclusion is valid and enforceable in Mississippi for liability coverage.  Perry v. Southern Farm Bureau Cas. Ins. Co., 170 So.2d 628 (Miss. 1965).

It is not a valid exclusion for UM policies.  Accordingly, an injured passenger may recover under a driver’s uninsured motorist policy where the household exclusion prevents recovery under liability policy.  Allstate Ins. Co. v. Randall, 753 F.2d 441 (5th Cir. 1985).

Family Immunity

Inter-spousal immunity has been abolished in Mississippi.  Burns v. Burns, 518 So. 2d 1205 (Miss. 1998).

Parent-unemancipated child immunity has been abolished in negligent operation of automobile cases.  Smith v. Holmes, 921 So. 2d 283, 285 (Miss. 2005).  Parents may maintain suits against their children and vice versa.  Ales v. Ales, 650 So. 2d 482, 487 (Miss. 1995).


Family Purpose Doctrine


The Family Purpose Doctrine by which a family member’s negligence is imputed to another while driving an automobile has been expressly rejected in Mississippi.  Prewitt v. Walker, 97 So. 2d 514, 516 (Miss. 1957); Smith v. Dauber, 125 So. 102, 103 (Miss. 1929).



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