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Category: Long-Term Disability

Court Finds Administrator’s Conflict of Interest and Procedural Irregularities Warrant De Novo Review

Piggybacking on last week’s notable decision discussion, this week’s notable decision is McIntyre v. Reliance Standard Life Insurance Company, No. CV 17-5134 (JRT/DTS), 2019 WL 2267054 (D. Minn. May 28, 2019), a case analyzing an insurer’s history of biased claims…

Your ERISA Watch – Fifth Circuit Reverses Long-Term Disability Victory of Sanitarian Worker

This week’s notable decision is an icy one for plan participants.  In Nichols v. Reliance Standard Life Insurance Company, No. 18-60499, __F.3d__, 2019 WL 2223614 (5th Cir. May 23, 2019), the Fifth Circuit reversed a district court decision that I…

Your ERISA Watch – Court Denies Insurance Company Chance to Decide “Any Occupation” Disability Claim for Disabled Neurologist; Orders Payment of Benefits

This week I want to highlight a district court decision, Khan v. Provident Life & Accident Ins. Co., 2019 WL 1970516 (W.D.N.Y. May 3, 2019), that contains a treasure trove of findings that will help claimants with long-term disability claims.…

Your ERISA Watch – Court Holds Employer Has No Affirmative Duty to Inform Participant of Change in Disability Insurers

There were several appellate court decisions this past week, but I want to highlight a district court case that presents a good lesson for employers and plan participants alike when it comes to changes to plan benefits.  In Boyles, Jr.…

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