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Your ERISA Watch – Claimant Entitled to Attorney’s Fees for Court-ordered Remand Despite Insurer’s Offer of Voluntary Remand

This week’s notable decision is a fee decision and firm victory in Benjamin v. Oxford Health Ins., Inc., __F.Supp.3d__, 2019 WL 126190 (D. Conn. Jan. 8, 2019), a matter involving denial of residential treatment for a mental and/or behavioral health…

Your ERISA Watch – Ninth Circuit Holds Insurer’s Failure to Issue a Final Decision on Disability Benefit Appeal Results in De Novo Review

This is the first ERISA Watch of 2019.  There weren’t a lot of decisions this past week due to the holiday.  I want to highlight a couple of unpublished Ninth Circuit decisions, both of which reversed the district courts’ grants…

Your ERISA Watch – Court Awards Plaintiff’s Attorney the Highest Rate Awarded in a Disability Case to Date

I’m pleased to report that today’s notable decision is a good one for ERISA plaintiffs and their attorneys.  What am I talking about?  Attorneys’ fees. In Dimry v. Bert Bell/Pete Rozelle NFL Player Ret. Plan, No. 3:16-CV-01413-JD, 2018 WL 6726963…

Your ERISA Watch – Court Rules that Payment and Acceptance of Long-Term Disability Insurance Premiums Does Not Guarantee Coverage

This week’s notable decision is a cautionary tale to employees about promptly enrolling in group benefit plans.  It’s also an example of a situation that may be prevented by the DOL’s recent announcement that employer’s may automatically enroll employees in…

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