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Your ERISA Watch – Court Rules that Payment and Acceptance of Long Term Disability Insurance Premiums Does Not Guarantee Coverage

This week’s notable decision is a cautionary tale to employees about promptly enrolling in group benefit plans.  It’s also an example of a situation that may be prevented by the DOL’s recent announcement that employer’s may automatically enroll employees in…

Your ERISA Watch – Fourth Circuit Rules for Hartford Life In Long Term Disability Denial

This week’s notable long term disability decision is Griffin v. Hartford Life & Accident Ins. Co., No. 17-1251, __F.3d__, 2018 WL 3624872 (4th Cir. July 31, 2018).  The Fourth Circuit affirmed the district court’s determination that abuse of discretion, rather…

Your ERISA Watch – Ninth Circuit Holds that Breach of Fiduciary Duty Claims Fall Outside of Scope of Employees’ Arbitration Agreement

Interrupting your regularly scheduled program to highlight yesterday’s notable decision in Munro v. Univ. of S. California, No. 17-55550, __F.3d__, 2018 WL 3542996 (9th Cir. July 24, 2018).  Munro was a highly anticipated decision from the Ninth Circuit Court of…

Your ERISA Watch – Sixth Circuit Reverses Denial of Long Term Disability Benefits to Claimant with Paraplegia

I love it when I can report a righteous outcome in an ERISA disability case.  I remember when I first read the district court decision in Wagner v. Am. United Life Ins. Co., 2017 WL 4099216 (S.D. Ohio Sept. 15,…

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