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Category: Life Insurance

Your ERISA Watch – Court Rules No Remedy Available for Aggrieved Life Insurance Beneficiary

This week’s notable decision is another claimant-unfriendly opinion out of the Fourth Circuit neck of the woods – Dawson-Murdock v. National Counseling Group, Inc., et al., No. 3:18-CV-58, 2018 WL 3744020 (E.D. Va. Aug. 7, 2018). In this case, Plaintiff…

Your ERISA Watch – Fifth Circuit Rules in Favor of Life Insurance Beneficiary Based on Expert Report Insurer Failed to Disclose During Claims Process

This week’s notable decision is White v. Life Insurance Company Of North America, No. 17-30356, __F.3d__, 2018 WL 2978641 (5th Cir. June 13, 2018), a dispute over life insurance benefits based on the application of an exclusion for death caused…

Your ERISA Watch – Court Enforces Suicide Exclusion In Group Life Insurance Policy Despite Insured’s Prior Coverage

This week’s notable decision results from a series of unfortunate events.  It also highlights an issue plan administrators and participants should be aware of when there is a switch of group life insurance policies.  In Cole v. American Heritage Life Insurance Company,…

Your ERISA Watch – In Life Insurance Dispute, the Eleventh Circuit Holds that a Party Who Is Not a Named Beneficiary May Not Sue the Plan for Any Benefits.

This week’s notable decision is Metlife Life & Annuity Co. of Connecticut v. Akpele, No. 16-15677, __F.3d__, 2018 WL 1527147 (11th Cir. Mar. 29, 2018), an interpleader action brought by MetLife to determine the proper beneficiary to the proceeds of…

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