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LTD Claimants Win Big as Ninth Circuit Trims “Abuse of Discretion” Standard

LTD Claimants Win Big as Ninth Circuit Trims “Abuse of Discretion” Standard January 11, 2019. By Anne Wallace.
San Francisco, CA In one of the earliest decisions of 2019, the Ninth Circuit gave plaintiffs in long term denied disability lawsuits a new way to challenge benefit denial decisions. It may turn out to be significant.
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Mother with Post-Partum Depression Denied Disability Benefits by Hartford

Mother with Post-Partum Depression Denied Disability Benefits by Hartford October 10, 2018. By Jane Mundy.
Chicago, IL: Even though Angela tried to return to work after suffering from postpartum depression, her boss advised that she apply for long term disability with Hartford Health Insurance. But Hartford didn’t agree with Angela’s boss.
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Wheeler v. Metropolitan Life Insurance Company Seeks LTD Benefits for Injured Seaman

Wheeler v. Metropolitan Life Insurance Company Seeks LTD Benefits for Injured Seaman September 14, 2018. By Anne Wallace.
San Diego, CA Christopher Wheeler was a Coxswain/Diesel mechanic, a contractor doing heavy physical work for the U.S. Navy Fifth Fleet. On March 17, 2015, he was badly injured during a storm at sea off Bahrain. Hospitals and rehab landed him a computer job for which he had no aptitude or training. When that didn’t work out, his employer, Exelis, Inc. terminated his employment and Metropolitan Life Insurance (MetLife) denied his long term disability benefit application. He filed a long term denied disability lawsuit on August 2, 2018 in the Southern District of California. California’s de novo standard for the review of disability claims under ERISA may work to Wheeler’s benefit.
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Another Chance after LTD Denial? Arbitrary and Capricious Standard Continues to Crumble in MetLife Lawsuit

Another Chance after LTD Denial? Arbitrary and Capricious Standard Continues to Crumble in MetLife Lawsuit April 25, 2018. By Anne Wallace.
New York, NY Alexander Sigal was deeply depressed and, after a period of hospitalization, found himself unable to work as a computer programmer. Benefits under his employer’s MetLife long term disability plan were eventually terminated, and his administrative appeal was denied. His ensuing MetLife LTD lawsuit, however, revealed a fatal flaw in the denial of his appeal.
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