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Category: Life Insurance

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…

Your ERISA Watch – Fourth Circuit Revives Breach of Fiduciary Duty Claim Against Plan Administrator Related to Life Insurance Coverage

We are pleased to issue a mid-week report on a notable decision that just issued from one of our firm’s cases, Dawson-Murdock v. National Counseling Group, Inc., et al., _F.3d_, 2019 WL 3308535 (4th Cir. 2019).  Today’s decision from the Fourth…

Your ERISA Watch – Court Holds that Brooklyn Public Library Disability Plan is Not Subject to ERISA Governmental Plan Exemption

This week’s notable decision is Skornick v. Principal Financial Group, et al., No. 18-CV-4324 (CS), 2019 WL 1723741 (S.D.N.Y. Apr. 18, 2019), where the court determined that a group disability benefit policy purchased through Defendant Brooklyn Public Library (“the Library”)…

Your ERISA Watch – Employer Must Pay Dependent Life Insurance Benefits to Employee Due to Failure to Provide Summary Plan Description

Today’s notable decision is a good one on equitable remedies, made possible by CIGNA Corp. v. Amara, 563 U.S. 421 (2011).  In Snitselaar v. Unum Life Insurance Company of America, 2019 WL 279995 (N.D. Iowa Jan. 22, 2019), Unum denied…

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