In a wide ranging re-evaluation of disability claims covering its insureds in California, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania, Cigna Corporation may pay up to $77 million in past disability income insurance...more
Originally published in Westlaw in March 25, 2013.
What happens when the claimant refuses to seek and accept medical care that might enable the claimant to return to work?
Does the claimant have a duty to seek...more
In this Issue:
- Editor's Overview
- Risk of Addiction Relapse May Entitle Plan Participants to Disability Benefits
- Rulings, Filings, and Settlements of Interest
Can ERISA apply to the claims made on individual policies purchased with discounted premiums? YES. ...more
Will courts enforce Plan language even when a 24 month limitation is “not what a reasonable employee would expect” to see in a disability plan? YES....more
In Maurer v. Reliance Standard Life Insurance Co., No. 11-16044, 2012 WL 6101903 (9th Cir. Dec. 10, 2012), the Ninth Circuit interpreted a policy provision favorably for insurers, holding that a policy’s mental nervous...more
In an opinion authored by Judge Berzon for Stephan v. Unum Life Insurance Company of America, 697 F.3d 917 (9th Cir. 2012), the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals reviewed the Northern District of California’s decision to uphold...more
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