Case v. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co.

294 F.2d 676 (5th Cir. 1961)


Case (P) was working as an agent for three insurance companies, one of which was State Farm (D). The contract gave each party the right to terminate the agreement without cause. P was also deemed by each contract to be an independent contractor and that he was not required to devote all of his working time to any one of the companies. P ran for County Supervisor, and the companies threatened to cancel their contracts with P unless he quit the race. P refused and subsequently, D canceled the contract and P sued; the cancellation was wrong because they began to and did meddle and interfere with P's work as an agent for the three companies in disregard of the agreement between the D and P. D did not want P to run for public officer and hold the public office of county supervisor. The court dismissed the action based on a motion from D; a failure to state a cause of action. P appealed; there were sufficient facts in the complaint to state a cause of action.