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District Court Finds Lincoln National Improperly Terminated LTD Benefits and Remands Matter to Lincoln for Further Claim Administration

In Bombassei v. The Lincoln National Life Insurance Company, No. 22-10593, 2023 WL 3605968 (E.D. Mich. May 23, 2023), Michigan Eastern District Judge Denise Page Hood granted judgment to Plaintiff…

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Sixth Circuit Affirms Award of Long-Term Disability Benefits, Statutory Penalties, and Attorneys’ Fees under ERISA

In Laake v. Benefits Committee, Western & Southern Financial Group Company Flexible Benefits Plan, et al., No. 21-4178, __F.4th__, 2023 WL 3559602 (6th Cir. May 19, 2023), a long-term disability…

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District Courts Deny Motions to Seal ERISA Administrative Record and Pleadings in Disability Benefit Cases

In today’s blog we discuss two district court cases, both of which deny the parties’ request to seal documents containing personal health information of the plaintiffs. In Schramm v. Metropolitan…

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Sixth Circuit Affirms Lincoln Life’s Denial of Long-Term Disability Benefits Due to Claimant’s Failure to Show Continuous Disability during Elimination Period

In Tranbarger v. Lincoln Life & Annuity Co. of New York, No. 22-3369, __F.4th__, 2023 WL 3527418 (6th Cir. May 18, 2023), the Sixth Circuit court of appeals considered whether…

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Ninth Circuit Affirms AT&T’s Denial of Long-Term Disability Benefits

In Walker v. AT&T Benefit Plan No. 3, No. 22-55450, 2023 WL 3451684 (9th Cir. May 15, 2023), the Ninth Circuit considered Plaintiff-Appellant Kevin Walker’s appeal of the district court’s…

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Tenth Circuit Finds United Behavioral Health Arbitrarily and Capriciously Denied Residential Treatment Benefits to Minor with Severe Mental Health Disorders

In D. K. v. United Behav. Health, No. 21-4088, __F.4th__, 2023 WL 3443353 (10th Cir. May 15, 2023), the Tenth Circuit clarified the procedural requirements for medical insurance claims governed…

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