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Tenth Circuit: Hartford Fulfilled Its Obligation to Investigate the Existence of Beneficiaries in ERISA Life Insurance Dispute

In Hartford Life and Accident Insurance Company v. Jones-Atchison, et al., No. 20-6135, __F.App’x__, 2021 WL 4258761 (10th Cir. Sept. 20, 2021), Hartford Life and Accident Insurance Company brought an…

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Ninth Circuit Vacates Class Relief Against UnitedHealth for Alleged ERISA Claims-Processing Violations of Lactation Benefit Claims

In Condry v. UnitedHealth Grp., Inc., No. 20-16823, __F.App’x__, 2021 WL 4225536 (9th Cir. Sept. 16, 2021), a now partially settled class action dispute over the payment of out-of-network lactation…

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Ninth Circuit Revives ERISA Breach of Fiduciary Duty Claim for Company’s Misrepresentation of Lifetime Health Benefits

In Warmenhoven v. NetApp, Inc., No. 19-16960, __F.4th__, 2021 WL 4143107 (9th Cir. Sept. 13, 2021), Defendant-Appellee NetApp promised Plaintiff-Appellant Daniel Warmenhoven and other executives lifetime medical benefits under the…

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Seventh Circuit Holds ERISA Claims Are Arbitrable but Arbitration Provision Forbidding Plan-Wide Relief Is Unenforceable

In Smith v. Bd. of Directors of Triad Mfg., Inc., No. 20-2708, __F.4th__, 2021 WL 4129456 (7th Cir. Sept. 10, 2021), Plaintiff-Appellee James Smith sued the fiduciaries of the Triad’s…

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D.C. Circuit Affirms Denial of Multiemployer Pension Plan Benefits to Employee Not Deemed a Participant in the Plan

In Anthony v. International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers District Lodge 1, et al., No. 20-7036, __F.App’x__, 2021 WL 4056297 (D.C. Cir. Sept. 3, 2021), Plaintiff-Appellant Gary Anthony appealed…

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Tenth Circuit: Seventh Amendment’s Civil Jury Trial Guarantee Does Not Apply to ERISA Benefits Action

In Cruz v. Reliance Standard Life Insurance Company, No. 21-2018, __F.App’x__, 2021 WL 3889924 (10th Cir. Sept. 1, 2021), Plaintiff-Appellant Eldie Cruz, M.D. appealed the district court’s determination that he…

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