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District Court Finds That Lincoln National Did Not Abuse Its Discretion in Concluding That Treating Provider’s Changed Opinion on Disability Was Not Supported by The Medical Evidence

District Court Finds That Lincoln National Did Not Abuse Its Discretion in Concluding That Treating Provider’s Changed Opinion on Disability Was Not Supported by The Medical Evidence

In Drake v. Lincoln Nat’l Corp., et al., No. CV-22-08230-PCT-SPL, 2024 WL 2942695 (D. Ariz. June 11, 2024), Arizona District Judge Steve P. Logan granted judgment in favor of Defendant…

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District Court Finds Reliance Standard Improperly Sought to Offset Social Security Earned Income Benefits from Long-Term Disability Benefits

In Aisenberg v. Reliance Standard Ins. Co., No. 1:22cv125 (DJN), 2024 WL 2154739 (E.D. Va. May 14, 2024), Virginia Eastern District Judge David J. Novak granted Plaintiff’s Motion to Determine…

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District Court Finds Guardian Improperly Applied a Pre-Existing Condition Exclusion to Deny Plaintiff’s ERISA-Governed Disability Claim

In Kim v. The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America, No. 823CV01579DOCADS, 2024 WL 2106240 (C.D. Cal. May 9, 2024), California Central District Judge David O. Carter granted judgment to…

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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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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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