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Anne Wallace

Anne WallaceAnne 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.


Anthem Refuses to Cover Emergency Room Care After the Fact

July 18, 2018.
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?
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Surveillance Sinks Liberty Mutual Long Term Denied Disability Lawsuits

July 12, 2018.
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.
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Supreme Court Restricts Class Action Availability for Wage Theft Violations

July 10, 2018.
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.
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Aon Hewitt Named (again) in Double-Dealing Retirement Plan Lawsuit

July 9, 2018.
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?
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MetLife Refuses to Disclose Background Claim Processing Principles

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.
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Why You Need an Estate Plan

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.
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Credit Union Lawsuit Cites Excessive Overdraft Fees

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.
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Invesco Accused of Treating ERISA Plan Participants as Captive Investors

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.
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Ninth Circuit Champions Wrongly Denied Disability Claimant

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.
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Death by Delay – CFPB Defers Credit Union Overdraft Regulations into Indefinite Future

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.
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