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BIRDSONG, Presiding Judge.
Judgment reversed. Blackburn, J., and Senior Appellate Judge Harold R. Banke concur.
Action on policy. Dougherty State Court. Before Judge Salter.
Larry D. Henry appeals the grant of summary judgment to Gulf Insurance Company on whether its application for personal injury protection ("PIP") coverage contained "adequate boldface type" and whether a new policy of PIP insurance was later issued. He also appeals the denial of his motion for summary judgment on the same issues.
Henry, a pedestrian at the time, was injured while crossing a street when he was hit by a drunk driver. Gulf Insurance is the automobile insurance carrier of Henry's brother and Henry was a resident of his brother's home at the time of his injury. Although Gulf Insurance paid $5,000 in basic PIP benefits, Henry asserts that he is entitled to the maximum optional PIP benefits because he claims that Gulf Insurance's application for PIP coverage did not satisfy the requirements of former OCGA 33-34-5 (b). Additionally, Henry asserts that in the event his brother's original application was sufficient, a second application was insufficient, and, therefore, he is entitled to claim the optional benefits under that application. Held:
The issue presented is whether Gulf Insurance's application meets the boldface type requirements. Boldface type is "that print which exhibits a face sufficiently heavy in appearance to cause it to be more conspicuous than the print which surrounds it." Southern Guaranty Ins. Co. v. Goddard, 259 Ga. 257, 258 (379 SE2d 778).
Examination of the application in the record (see Appendix) shows that it contains the proper acknowledgment, but the application does not satisfy former OCGA 33-34-5 (b) because the type used is not more conspicuous than the print which surrounds it. Instead, although the acknowledgment is printed in all capital letters, the acknowledgment is virtually surrounded with other type of similar size, ink density, and/or thickness so that what might have otherwise been conspicuous is lost in the type that surrounds it. Id.
Accordingly, the trial court erred by granting summary judgment to Gulf Insurance Company on this issue and also erred by denying Henry's motion.
2. In view of our disposition in Division 1, Henry's contention concerning the subsequent application is moot.
518 HENRY v. GULF INS. CO. (214 Ga.
Carter & Ansley, Burke B. Johnson, Thomas E. Magill, for appellee.
B. Samuel Engram, Jr., for appellant.
Thursday May 21 06:38 EDT

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