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Category: Long Term Disability

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 – Courts Find Discovery of Independent Physician Consultants’ Financial Conflict Permissible in Absence of Structural Conflict

This week’s notable decision is a firm victory in a discovery dispute involving a self-funded long-term disability plan, Chacko v. AT&T Umbrella Benefit Plan No. 3, No. 2:19-CV-01837-JAM-DB, 2020 WL 1984171 (E.D. Cal. Apr. 27, 2020). Before going into the…

Your ERISA Watch – Ninth Circuit Upholds Denial of Pension Disability Benefits Under AT&T Pension Benefit Plan

Good morning, ERISA Watchers! This was a slow week in the circuit courts for ERISA decisions so this week’s notable decision is the unpublished decision in Strickland v. AT&T Pension Benefit Plan, No. 18-15336, __F.App’x__, 2020 WL 1873358 (9th Cir.…

Your ERISA Watch – Sixth Circuit Holds Exhaustion of Administrative Remedies Not Required Where Plan Document Is Silent on Claims Review Process

This week’s notable decision, Wallace v. Oakwood Healthcare, Inc., No. 18-2316, __F.3d__, 2020 WL 1522833 (6th Cir. Mar. 31, 2020), involves something we might all be feeling these days:  exhaustion. Wallace involves a challenge to a denied long-term disability benefit…

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