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Category: Long Term Disability

Your ERISA Watch – Sixth Circuit Revives Nurse’s Disability Benefit Claim Against Principal Life Insurance Company

This week’s notable decision is Card v. Principal Life Insurance Company, No. 18-6095, __F.App’x__, 2019 WL 5618182 (6th Cir. Oct. 31, 2019), where the Sixth Circuit concluded that Principal Life Insurance Company was arbitrary and capricious when it denied Plaintiff…

Your ERISA Watch – Late Decision on Court-Ordered Remand of Disability Claim Results In De Novo Review

Today’s notable decision is a long-term disability case, Spears v. Liberty Life Assurance Company of Boston, et al., No. 3:11-CV-1807 (VLB), 2019 WL 4766253 (D. Conn. Sept. 30, 2019).  Plaintiff Spears alleged that Liberty Life improperly denied her claim for…

Your ERISA Watch – First Circuit Holds that Aetna Life Insurance Company Abused its Discretion in Applying Pre-existing Condition Exclusion to Malignant Melanoma

Should an employee’s disability caused by malignant melanoma be subject to a disability policy’s pre-existing condition exclusion where during an alleged “look-back” period the employee was referred to a dermatologist on suspicion of having basal-cell carcinoma?  The First Circuit recently…

Life Insurance Company of North America (Cigna) Improperly Denied Long-Term Disability Benefits

This week’s notable decision is Lapidus v. Life Insurance Company of North America, No. 4:18 CV 01291 JCH, 2019 WL 4089395 (E.D. Mo. Aug. 29, 2019), where the court found that the long-term disability claimant is entitled to benefits.  Since…

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