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District Court Dismisses Plaintiff’s ERISA and non-ERISA Claims for Disability Benefits

In Diederichs v. FCA US LLC, No. 23-11287, 2024 WL 1957328 (E.D. Mich. Apr. 30, 2024), Michigan Eastern District Magistrate Judge Curits Ivy, Jr. granted Defendant’s motion to dismiss Plaintiff’s…

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Seventh Circuit Upholds Hartford’s Denial of Disability Benefits to Claimant with Multiple Sclerosis

In Artz v. Hartford Life & Accident Ins. Co., No. 23-2269, __F.4th__, 2024 WL 1986000 (7th Cir. May 6, 2024), the Seventh Circuit affirmed the district court’s grant of summary…

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Second Circuit Holds Arbitration Agreement Is Unenforceable Because of Prospective Waivers of Participants’ Substantive Statutory Rights and Remedies under ERISA

In Cedeno v. Sasson, No. 21-2891-CV, __F.4th__, 2024 WL 1895053 (2d Cir. May 1, 2024), a putative class action seeking relief under ERISA Section 502(a)(2), the Second Circuit Court of…

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District Court Permits Extra-Record Discovery to Demonstrate Reliance Standard’s Conflict of Interest and Its Effect on Disability Benefits Decision

In Stambaugh v. Reliance Standard Life Ins. Co., No. CV-23-08140-PCT-DLR, __F.Supp.3d__, 2024 WL 1854499 (D. Ariz. Apr. 22, 2024), Arizona District Judge Douglas L. Rayes granted Plaintiff’s motion for discovery…

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Eleventh Circuit Again Dismisses Provider Claim for ERISA Statutory Penalties Based on Language in Written Assignment of Rights and Benefits

In A. Griffin v. United Healthcare Services, Inc., No. 23-13429, 2024 WL 1855456 (11th Cir. Apr. 29, 2024), the Eleventh Circuit affirmed the dismissal of Dr. Griffin’s lawsuit seeking damages…

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District Court Allows Life Insurance Beneficiaries to Allege an Alternative ERISA Breach of Fiduciary Duty Claim Against Unum

In Morales v. CoAdvantage Corp., No. 6:24-cv-117-JA-DCI, 2024 WL 1678250 (M.D. Fla. Apr. 18, 2024), Florida Middle District Judge John Antoon, II granted in part Defendants’ motions to dismiss finding…

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