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

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 Co. of Am., No. 20-55868, 2021 WL 4871785 (9th Cir. Oct. 19, 2021), a short unpublished opinion, the Ninth Circuit affirmed the district court’s…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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Eighth Circuit Upholds Unum’s Interpretation of “Crime” Exclusion in AD&D Policy to Death Caused By Illegal Speeding and Passing Vehicles

In a dispute over the payment of accidental death benefits, Boyer v. Schneider Elec. Holdings, Inc., No. 19-3144, __F.3d__, 2021 WL 1244397 (8th Cir. Apr. 5, 2021), the Eighth Circuit…

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