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Your ERISA Watch – In Life Insurance Coverage Dispute, a District Court Goes Against the Tide in Favor of Equitable Remedies

The Eastern District of Pennsylvania’s decision in Staropoli v. Metropolitan Life Insurance Company et al., 2020 WL 3051434 (E.D. Penn. June 8, 2020) demonstrates that even the payment of premiums, full disclosure of facts, and receiving confirmation that benefits are…

Your ERISA Watch – When Does Fraud Not Mean Fraud? Second Circuit Further Educates Us About Equitable Remedies

When the United States Supreme Court decided CIGNA Corp. v. Amara, 563 U.S. 421 (2011), it educated us all by citing to doctrines of equity from cases and horn books written 200 years ago. This week, the Second Circuit’s decision…

Your ERISA Watch – District Court Permits Vast Conflict Discovery in Life Waiver of Premium Dispute Subject to De Novo Review

There were no notable circuit court decisions this past week, so we have chosen to highlight two published district court decisions from matters involving disability claims. The first is favorable to plan participants and the second is not. Is it…

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.…

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