No. 87-2787.

881 F.2d 948 (1989)

Mary Ann DEAN, Plaintiff/Counter-Defendant/Appellant, v. Denise E. JOHNSON, Douglas C. Dean, Maurice Dean, Edna Dean, United Services Automobile Association, and United States of America, Defendants/Counter-Claimants/Appellees.

United States Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit.

August 9, 1989.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Joseph William Reichert, Albuquerque, N.M., for plaintiff/counter-defendant/appellant.

G. Richard Mantlo, Albuquerque, N.M., for defendants/counter-claimants/appellees.

Before MOORE, ANDERSON, and BRORBY, Circuit Judges.

JOHN P. MOORE, Circuit Judge.

The single issue in this appeal is whether an insured's change of designated beneficiary under a Federal Employees' Group Life Insurance Policy (FEGLI) takes precedence over a state court order prohibiting a change of designated beneficiary. We affirm the district court's finding federal law controls this issue.

Mary Ann Dean instituted this action for a declaratory judgment that she is entitled to the proceeds of her deceased...

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