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First Circuit Affirms Denial of Accidental Death Insurance Benefits Based on Suicide Exclusion

First Circuit Affirms Denial of Accidental Death Insurance Benefits Based on Suicide Exclusion

In Alexandre v. Nat’l Union Fire Ins. Co. of Pittsburgh, PA, No. 21-1140, __F.4th__, 2022 WL 18778 (1st Cir. Jan. 3, 2022), Plaintiff-Appellant Mary Alexandre appealed the district court’s judgment…

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Ninth Circuit Affirms Denial of AD&D Benefits Due to Substantial Contribution of Preexisting Medical Condition

In Earle v. Unum Life Ins. Co. of Am., No. 20-55868, 2021 WL 4871785 (9th Cir. Oct. 19, 2021), a short unpublished opinion, the Ninth Circuit affirmed the district court’s…

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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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Eighth Circuit Holds that Maine Ban on Discretionary Authority in Health Plans Does Not Apply to AD&D Insurance Policy

In Williams v. Unum Life Ins. Co. of Am., No. 20-1694, __F.4th__, 2021 WL 3729660 (8th Cir. Aug. 24, 2021), involving a dispute over the denial of accidental death and…

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Second Circuit Finds Aetna Had Discretion to Decide Life Insurance Claim and Did Not Abuse Discretion Denying Accidental Death Benefits

In Tyll v. Stanley Black & Decker Life Ins. Program, Aetna Life Ins. Co., No. 20-1060, __F.App’x__, 2021 WL 1748474 (2d Cir. May 4, 2021), a dispute under the Employee…

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Fifth Circuit Holds That Death Caused By Mishap During Insured’s Self-Treatment Falls Under Accidental Death Policy’s Medical Treatment Exclusion

In Lebron v. National Union Fire Insurance Company of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, et al., No. 20-20165, __F.App’x__, 2021 WL 1396574 (5th Cir. Apr. 13, 2021), the Fifth Circuit was tasked with…

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