Anne Wallace is a New York lawyer, currently living in the metropolitan Washington, DC area. She writes on legal and business issues and teaches at the college and professional level. Anne graduated from Fordham Law School and Wellesley College.
July 18, 2018.
Read [ Anthem Refuses to Cover Emergency Room Care After the Fact ]
Sacramento, CA Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield denies emergency room coverage for patients whose symptoms later prove to have been non-life threatening. This has been a long-standing practice, but it is now official policy in six states. Are California patients protected under California insurance law?
July 12, 2018.
Read [ Surveillance Sinks Liberty Mutual Long Term Denied Disability Lawsuits ]
Boston, MA Fifty minutes and fifty-eight seconds of video showed Donna Cusson walking her dog, shopping, and eating in a restaurant. That was enough to doom her long term denied disability lawsuit against Liberty Mutual. It is an eight-year old case, so some things have changed -- not the fact of surveillance in LTD cases, though. And now it’s not just video tape that LTD claimants have to worry about.
July 10, 2018.
Read [ Supreme Court Restricts Class Action Availability for Wage Theft Violations ]
Washington, DC “Congratulations! Welcome to FillInTheBlank Company! Sign here and ask for Ms. Someone when you come tomorrow.” By the time the intake interview is over, many workers have already signed away their rights to bring class action wage theft lawsuits under federal and California labor law.
July 9, 2018.
Read [ Aon Hewitt Named (again) in Double-Dealing Retirement Plan Lawsuit ]
Charlotte, NC In April 2018, Benjamin Reetz filed a class action ERISA lawsuit on behalf of himself and other participants in the Lowe’s 401(k) Plan. The lawsuit claims that Aon Hewitt, the plan’s investment advisor, lined its pockets by recommending one of its own poorly performing investment funds. Lowe’s then fell down on the job by failing to catch what Aon Hewitt was doing. Wait, you think, didn’t I read this before, but was it about Home Depot or maybe Invesco?
June 28, 2018.
Jacksonville, FL: On April, 20, 2018, the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida denied a Metropolitan Life benefit claimant the right to see the company’s internal claim processing guidelines. Perera v. Metropolitan Life Insurance Company actually relates to death benefits, but it relies heavily on an earlier decision in a long term denied disability lawsuit against MetLife.Read [ MetLife Refuses to Disclose Background Claim Processing Principles ]
June 21, 2018.
Santa Cruz, CA: Inheritance lawyers have heard it all at this point: you don’t need a Will or a trust fund because you are not rich, own everything with a spouse, have wandered through the house putting little yellow sticky notes on the pictures and the silverware describing who should get them, and besides, you’re young and go to the gym.Read [ Why You Need an Estate Plan ]
June 20, 2018.
Madison, WI: In March 2018, Matthew Domann filed a class action lawsuit against Summit Credit Union alleging that since 2010, SCU has wrongfully charged overdraft fees to checking account customers throughout Wisconsin. The credit union lawsuit details a practice of placing “holds” on pending debit card transactions and deposits to artificially depress the account balances and then reordering the transactions to maximize the number of overdraft fees assessed.Read [ Credit Union Lawsuit Cites Excessive Overdraft Fees ]
June 13, 2018.
Atlanta, GA On May 24,2018, participants in the Invesco 401(k) Plan filed an ERISA lawsuit in the Northern District of Georgia. The ERISA lawsuit contends that Invesco, Ltd. profited from the ERISA plan it offered to employees. The situation is rife with potential conflicts of interest because the employer, a plan fiduciary, is also an investment manager. Lest we lose track in this tangled web, self-dealing is against the law.Read [ Invesco Accused of Treating ERISA Plan Participants as Captive Investors ]
June 8, 2018.
Los Angeles, CA In Bowlin v. The Prudential Life Insurance Company of America, the United States District Court for the Central District of California overruled Prudential’s decision to deny long term disability benefits to a worker who gave evidence of many physical and psychological ailments. Bowlin is something of a rarity in long term denied disability lawsuits because the plaintiff won. Maybe it’s a trend in California, though.Read [ Ninth Circuit Champions Wrongly Denied Disability Claimant ]
May 22, 2018.
Washington, DC On May 10, 2018, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) quietly scuttled proposed consumer overdraft protection regulations, moving them to the inactive list until some undefined, unknown day in the future when a permanent director is named. Meanwhile, banks and credit unions continue to rake in fees through questionable practices, including some arguably strained definitions of phrases like “not enough money.” Fortunately for consumers, the plaintiffs’ bar soldiers on, pursuing excessive overdraft fees lawsuits on their behalf.Read [ Death by Delay – CFPB Defers Credit Union Overdraft Regulations into Indefinite Future ]
- Home Depot Employees File ERISA Class Action Lawsuit over 401(k) Mismanagement (May-9-18)
- Class Action Status Critical to California Donning and Doffing Wage Lawsuit (May-8-18)
- Fibromyalgia sufferer wins denied disability claim lawsuit against Hartford (May-4-18)
- MB Financial Facing Lawsuit re $6,000 in Overdraft Fees (Apr-30-18)
- Another Chance after LTD Denial? Arbitrary and Capricious Standard Continues to Crumble in MetLife Lawsuit (Apr-25-18)
- The Curious Case of the Disappearing DePuy Damages (Mar-24-18)
- New Evidence Reopens Scotts Turf Builder Mesothelioma Lawsuit (Mar-20-18)
- Indiana Woman Wins $35 Million in Johnson & Johnson Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit (Mar-18-18)
- Liberty Mutual Administrator Must Consider Evidence of 'Broken Heart' (Mar-13-18)
- A New Way for Unum Lawsuit Plaintiffs to Fight Biased Medical Review (Mar-5-18)
- Takata Settles with 44 States. No Dough, Though (Mar-1-18)
- Deadly Onglyza Side Effects Set in Fast and Lawsuits Lumber On (Feb-25-18)
- Worker Claims Employment Discrimination Based on her Asian Heritage (Feb-22-18)
- It's Alive! Class Action Lawsuit against Capital One Bank is Back On (Feb-18-18)
- California Woman Slams J&J, Ethicon with 7-Count Physiomesh Lawsuit (Feb-15-18)
- Minnesota Consumer Sues Capital One over 128 Bill Collector Robocalls to Cellular Phone (Feb-6-18)
- Childhood Asthma Risk Linked to Mother’s PPI Use during Pregnancy (Feb-5-18)
- Are ER’s Cashing in on Upcoding? (Feb-3-18)
- How to Think Like a Plaintiff in a Unum Lawsuit (Jan-24-18)
- Lanzo Talcum Powder Mesothelioma Toxic Tort Trial Opens in New Jersey (Jan-22-18)
- Kmart settles healthcare fraud lawsuit for $32.3 million (Jan-20-18)
- Will Monsanto-Sponsored Science Poison RoundUp Lawsuits? (Jan-15-18)
- Denied Disability Claimant Wins when Administrator Blows Deadline (Jan-10-18)
- Pregnant Worker Wins California Wrongful Termination Lawsuit (Jan-6-18)
- Second Airbag Recall for Ford and Mazda Trucks (Jan-2-18)
- ‘Failure to Warn’ at Heart of Onglyza Lawsuits (Dec-31-17)
- Invokana Amputation Lawsuits Cite Consumer Advertising (Dec-22-17)
- Two Arguments to Watch in Physiomesh Bellwether Trials (Dec-18-17)
- Not Too Late for Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit (Dec-14-17)
- Exploding Airbags Cause Chemical Burns (Dec-6-17)
- Can a Cabbie Collect Overtime? (Dec-4-17)
- How Unum LTD Denials Forced Statute Of Limitations Ruling Against Victim (Dec-1-17)
- Are PPIs Especially Dangerous for Women? (Dec-1-17)
- Tesla Hit with Racial Discrimination Class Action Lawsuit (Nov-29-17)
- Johnson & Johnson Wins First Mesothelioma Trial (Nov-28-17)
- Untold Story of Opioid Epidemic: Attorney Explains Kickbacks and Billing Fraud (Nov-27-17)
- Are Continuous Overdraft Fees Like Illegal Payday Loans? (Nov-25-17)
- Toddler Loses Leg and all her Fingers in Pressure Cooker Explosion (Nov-22-17)
- Invokana Lawsuits Consolidated into MDL in New Jersey (Nov-20-17)
- Taxotere Hair Loss Does Additional Harm to Breast Cancer Survivors (Nov-12-17)