I draw your attention to the June 25 Tennessee Court of Appeals decision in the case of Dutton v. Tennessee Farmers Mutual Insurance Company which addressed the question of whether misrepresentations made on an initial policy application which unquestionably increased the risk of loss would still operate to void that coverage when multiple renewals of coverage had taken place. Dutton v TN Farmers. The applicants unquestionably made misrepresentations on the policy application which were material, specifically dealing with drug use and convictions for drug related crimes. After the policy was issued (based upon that application), time passed, and multiple renewals occurred. In pertinent part, the changes made to the policy included the deletion of the individual who had the drug related problems. The insured argued the changes to the policy meant the misrepresentations no longer had any bearing on the risk that Tennessee Farmers was insuring.

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On April 30, 2009, the Tennessee Court of Appeals issued yet another opinion on the topic of misrepresentations on insurance applications.  The case is Tennessee Farmers Mut. Ins. Co. v. Farrar (view slip opinion here). 

First, it should be noted that T.C.A. 56-7-103 provides that a misrepresentation on an application voids the policy if