CIGNA v Amara

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Benefits Litigation Update - Summer 2014

In this issue: - Recent Supreme Court Decisions Revise Rules for Stock Drop Cases - Hobby Lobby and the Questions Left Unanswered - Post-Amara Landscape Continues to Evolve - Supreme Court to...more

Ninth Circuit Holds that Monetary “Make-Whole” Relief Is Not Available Absent Loss to Plan or Unjust Enrichment for Defendant...

A Ninth Circuit panel recognized that reformation, equitable estoppel and surcharge were among the “appropriate equitable relief” potentially available under Section 502(a)(3) of ERISA (following dictum in CIGNA Corp. v....more

Ninth Circuit Takes Narrow View of ERISA Surcharge Remedy

In Gabriel v. Alaska Electrical Pension Fund, the Ninth Circuit ruled that a pension plan participant could not be “made whole” by using the equitable remedy of surcharge to recover pension benefits he was erroneously told he...more

“You Can’t Bend It That Way, Beckham”: Federal Court Dismisses Plaintiff’s Attempted Claims for Equitable Relief

Following the U. S. Supreme Court’s decision in CIGNA Corp. v. Amara, 131 S. Ct. 1866 (2011), the federal courts have wrestled with the task of defining the scope of remedies for “appropriate equitable relief” under ERISA §...more

Seventh Circuit Demonstrates The Dangers Of Not Having Sufficient Written Procedures In Place To Confirm Coverage – Money Damages...

In Kenseth v. Dean Health Plan, Inc., __ F.3d __, 2013 WL 29991466 (7th Cir. 2013), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit changed course in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in CIGNA v. Amara, __ U.S....more

Monthly Benefits Update - June 2013

Defense of Marriage Act - Supreme Court Ruling on United States v. Windsor - The U. S. Supreme Court has ruled that a portion of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional. ...more

Health Insurance Carriers Must Also Be Careful In What They Tell Plan Participants

I blogged recently warning employers to be careful when enrolling employees in plan benefits because the employer could be responsible to pay life insurance or disability benefits if an employee who is improperly enrolled...more

Be Careful With Your Life Insurance Enrollments

Over the years there have been a number of cases that have involved employers improperly enrolling employees in group life or disability insurance benefits....more

Court Rewrites Plan to Increase Benefits

The Supreme Court’s 2011 CIGNA v. Amara decision suggested that an employer’s pension plan could be rewritten to remedy the employer’s failure to fulfill its disclosure obligations under the Employee Retirement Income...more

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