June 27:: Denise Alsandor-Wiley filed a complaint against Unum after her benefits were terminated in February after receiving benefits from Unum since she became disabled in 1999. U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California case number 3:17-cv-03679-SK.
June 22:: Scott Torrens, a former cameraman with CBS Corp, claims that Unum Life Insurance Co. of America violated the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). Torrens was disabled in 2013 but despite having proper medical records to support his claim, Unum terminated his benefits. U.S. District Court for the Central District of California case number 2:17-cv-04592-GW-AGR.
June 19: As did Torrens, Marta Bonnin claims that her medical records met Unum’s criteria of disabled, as per her policy. She filed an Unum disability insurance lawsuit after her benefits were terminated in August of 2016. According to Bonnin, Unum Life Insurance Co. of America and Hinderliter, Dellamas & Associates Plan failed to provide a reasonable explanation as to why her benefits were terminated. US District Court for the Central District of California, case number 2:17-cv-04513-JAK-JC.
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So, the above plaintiffs were likely overdue for Unum’s cutting board.
Unum’s philosophy has always been – as far back as 1994-- to “Close the Claim”. A CBS 60 minutes investigation and subsequent report found that the company established a quota for denied claims and actually offered incentives to employees who denied valid claims from policyholders. Despite court actions hitting Unum with stiff penalties, forcing it to reassess denied claims and ordering pay back to some of its wrongly denied policyholders, Unum is practicing bad faith policies again, according to court documents.