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Category: Life Insurance

Your ERISA Watch – District Court Rules Colorado Law Turns Life Insurance Policy’s Two-Year Suicide Exclusion into a One-Year Exclusion

This week’s notable decision is a district court order in Auwae v. Metro. Life Ins. Co., No. 19-CV-02504-RBJ, 2020 WL 996874 (D. Colo. Mar. 2, 2020), a matter challenging the applicability of an ERISA life insurance policy’s two-year suicide exclusion.…

Your ERISA Watch – First Circuit Holds Denial of Accidental Death Benefits Due to Pre-existing Illnesses Was Not Abuse of Discretion

This week’s notable decision is Arruda v. Zurich Am. Ins. Co., No. 19-1247, __F.3d__, 2020 WL 880548 (1st Cir. Feb. 24, 2020), where the First Circuit parted from its sister circuits in declining to adopt a “substantial factor” test to…

Your ERISA Watch – District Court Finds Breach of Fiduciary Duty Claim Adequately Plead Where Claimant Was Not Given Life Insurance Conversion Options

Ho ho ho, merry holidays. This week Kantor & Kantor helped bring justice to the nice and coal to the naughty as we take a closer look at why a district court in Harris v. Life Ins. Co. of N.…

Your ERISA Watch – Murder of Plan Participant Disqualifies 401(k) Beneficiary

This week’s notable decision is a district court decision in Estate of Colleen J. Brownell v. Lyczak, et al., 2019 WL 5485392 (D.N.J. Oct. 25, 2019), which is another cautionary tale for the notion that murder doesn’t pay, well at…

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