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California District Court Finds Cardiac Patient Disabled and Awards ERISA Long Term Disability Benefits for a Limited Time, Declines to Consider New Evidence

In Cameron v. Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada, 2:21-cv-02092 JLS (AFM) (C.D. Cal. Nov. 2, 2022), California Central District Judge Josephine L. Stanton determined on de novo review that…

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Second Circuit Rules for Cigna Corporation in Class Action Dispute Over Reformed Pension Benefits

In Amara v. Cigna Corp., No. 20-202, __F.4th__, 2022 WL 16842742 (2d Cir. Nov. 10, 2022), the Second Circuit considered consolidated appeals of several postjudgment orders brought by Plaintiffs-Appellants in…

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Eighth Circuit Upholds Denial of Accidental Death Benefits Based on Exclusion for Voluntary Ingestion of Unprescribed Narcotic Drugs

In Richmond v. Life Ins. Co. of N. Am., No. 21-3929, __F.4th__, 2022 WL 10225155 (8th Cir. Oct. 18, 2022), the Eighth Circuit considered whether Defendant-Appellee Life Insurance Company of…

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Eighth Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Claims Alleging Energy Company Mismanaged Its 401(k) Plan

In Matousek v. MidAmerican Energy Co., No. 21-2749, __F.4th__, 2022 WL 6880771 (8th Cir. Oct. 12, 2022), Plaintiffs-Appellants are participants in MidAmerican Energy Company’s 401(k) Plan. They allege that the…

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Sixth Circuit Finds Denial of Long-Term Disability Benefits Supported by Lack of Objective Medical Evidence

In Eberle v. Am. Elec. Power Sys. Long-Term Disability Plan, No. 21-4224, 2022 WL 5434559 (6th Cir. Oct. 7, 2022), Plaintiff Diane Eberle filed an appeal challenging the district court’s…

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Tenth Circuit Finds Termination of Long-Term Disability Benefits Justified by Surveillance of Activities

Gielissen v. Reliance Standard Life Insurance Company, et al., No. 21-1377, 2022 WL 5303482 (10th Cir. Oct. 7, 2022) highlights the impact that surveillance may have on long-term disability benefit…

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