Happy Tuesday! This week’s notable decision is a long term disability case out of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, Zuke v. Am. Airlines, Inc., No. 15-3465. The court determined that MetLife was arbitrary and capricious by ignoring reliable, objective evidence from Plaintiff’s treating physicians. MetLife claimed that there was no objective evidence supporting disability but the court found that the claimant’s medical records did contain objective evidence, including MRI results showing fairly extensive degenerative disc disease and orthopedic tests indicating the existence of radicular pain. Notwithstanding MetLife’s abuse of discretion, the court remanded the claim to MetLife to conduct the full and fair review it should have conducted in the first instance.
There were lots of decisions this past week. Several of them will be reported in next week’s edition of ERISA Watch. In the meantime, enjoy this week’s highlights!
*Please note that this blog is a summary of a reported legal decision and does not constitute legal advice. This blog has not been updated to note any subsequent change in status, including whether a decision is reconsidered or vacated. The case above was handled by other law firms, but if you have questions about how the developing law impacts your ERISA benefit claim, the attorneys at Roberts Disability Law, P.C. may be able to advise you so please contact us.
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