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Foster v. Principal Life Insurance Co.

(United States Fifth Circuit) – Held that an insurance company did not abuse its discretion in denying disability benefits to an attorney who stopped working due to intractable migraines. Affirmed the judgment below in this ERISA case.

Demer v. IBM Corp.

(United States Ninth Circuit) – In an ERISA action against defendants IBM and claim administrator Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. (MetLife), the district court’s entry of summary judgment for defendants is reversed where MetLife abused its discretion in denying plaintiff’s claim for long-term disability benefits in…

Morris B. Silver, Inc. v. Int’l Longshore and Warehouse

(California Court of Appeal) – In an insurance law action, the trial court’s dismissal of the complaint is reversed where plaintiff’s state breach of contract, quantum meruit, and promissory estoppel claims against defendant are not preempted by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act.

Gobeille v. Liberty Mut. Ins. Co.

(United States Supreme Court) – In an action seeking a declaration that the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) pre-empts application of Vermont’s law requiring certain entities, including health insurers, to report payments relating to health care claims and other information relating to…

North Jersey Brain & Spine Center v. Aetna Inc.

(United States Third Circuit) – In an action for unpaid insurance benefits brought under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA), 29 U.S.C. section 1001 et seq., the district court’s dismissal for lack of standing under ERISA is reversed where a patient’s explicit…

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