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Author: Michelle Roberts

Your ERISA Watch – Ninth Circuit Holds that Same-Sex Domestic Partner Is Entitled to Joint-and-Survivor Pension Benefits

This week’s notable decision is a short and sweet read in the matter of Reed v. KRON/IBEW Local 45 Pension Plan, No. 17-17176, __F.App’x__, 2019 WL 2145652 (9th Cir. May 16, 2019), where the Ninth Circuit reversed the district court’s…

Your ERISA Watch – Court Denies Insurance Company Chance to Decide “Any Occupation” Disability Claim for Disabled Neurologist; Orders Payment of Benefits

This week I want to highlight a district court decision, Khan v. Provident Life & Accident Ins. Co., 2019 WL 1970516 (W.D.N.Y. May 3, 2019), that contains a treasure trove of findings that will help claimants with long-term disability claims.…

Your ERISA Watch – Seventh Circuit Holds that Death by Autoerotic Asphyxiation Is Excluded under AD&D Policy

This week’s notable decision is Tran v. Minnesota Life Ins. Co., No. 18-1723, __F.3d__, 2019 WL 1894769 (7th Cir. Apr. 29, 2019).  The Seventh Circuit reversed the district court’s ruling finding that the insured’s death from autoerotic asphyxiation was an…

Your ERISA Watch – Court Holds Employer Has No Affirmative Duty to Inform Participant of Change in Disability Insurers

There were several appellate court decisions this past week, but I want to highlight a district court case that presents a good lesson for employers and plan participants alike when it comes to changes to plan benefits.  In Boyles, Jr.…

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