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Seventh Circuit Reverses District Court for Not Properly Considering ERISA Claimant’s Ability to Perform Occupation Due to Sitting and Cognitive Limitations

In Scanlon v. Life Insurance Co. of North America, No. 22-1121, --- F.4th ----, 2023 WL 5617127 (7th Cir. Aug. 31, 2023), a matter involving a dispute over the denial of…

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Take Three: Ninth Circuit Reverses Class Win Against United Behavioral Health

On March 22, 2022, the Ninth Circuit issued an unpublished memorandum in this matter at Wit v. United Behav. Health, No. 20-17363, 2022 WL 850647 (9th Cir. Mar. 22, 2022),…

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District Court Finds That Hartford Improperly Denied Long-Term Disability Benefits to Amazon.com Employee Disabled After On-The-Job Lumbar Fracture

In Sund v. Hartford Life & Accident Ins. Co., No. 21-CV-05218-JST, 2023 WL 5181624 (N.D. Cal. Aug. 11, 2023) California Northern District Judge Jon S. Tigar granted judgment to Plaintiff…

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Sixth Circuit Denies Reliance Standard “Third Bite at the Apple” in Long-Term Disability Benefit Dispute

In Jordan v. Reliance Standard Life Insurance Company, No. 22-5234, 2023 WL 5322417 (6th Cir. Aug. 18, 2023), Plaintiff-Appellant Beth Jordan appealed the district court’s grant of summary judgment to…

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Tenth Circuit Holds United Behavioral Health Abused Its Discretion in Denying Payment for Residential Treatment Services for Minor with Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders

In David P. v. United Healthcare Ins. Co., No. 21-4129, 2023 WL 5209748 (10th Cir. Aug. 15, 2023), a dispute over the payment of ERISA-governed health care benefits for residential…

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Tenth Circuit Holds Oklahoma’s Patient’s Right to Pharmacy Choice Act Is Preempted by Federal Law

In Pharm. Care Mgmt. Ass’n v. Mulready, No. 22-6074, __F.4th__, 2023 WL 5218138 (10th Cir. Aug. 15, 2023), Plaintiff-Appellant Pharmaceutical Care Management Association (PCMA), a trade association representing pharmacy benefit…

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