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Smith v. UnitedHealth Grp. Inc., No. 23-2369, __F.4th__, 2024 WL 3321646 (8th Cir. July 8, 2024) (Before: Colloton, Chief Judge, Erickson and Kobes, Circuit Judges).
Plaintiffs, who are participants in separate self-funded health insurance plans administered by UnitedHealth Group Inc. (“United”), appealed the district court’s dismissal of their putative class action complaint alleging that

In Goldfarb v. Reliance Standard Life Ins. Co., No. 23-10309, 2024 WL 3271012 (11th Cir. July 2, 2024), the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a district court’s decision ordering Reliance Standard Life Insurance Company to pay $500,000 in accidental death & dismemberment (“AD&D”) benefits to an insured’s beneficiaries, where the insured died while

In Ward v. Reliance Standard Life Insurance Company, No. CV SAG-23-2147, 2024 WL 3206709 (D. Md. June 21, 2024) Maryland District Judge Stephanie A. Gallagher granted judgment to Plaintiff in her claim for long-term disability (“LTD”) benefits under an ERISA-governed employee benefit plan insured by Defendant Reliance Standard Insurance Company and remanded the matter

In Bernitz v. USAble Life & Fullscope RMS, No. 22-CV-10712-DJC, 2024 WL 3106249 (D. Mass. June 24, 2024), Massachusetts District Judge Denise J. Casper granted summary judgment to Defendants finding that USAble Life did not abuse its discretion by terminating Plaintiff’s ERISA-governed long-term disability (“LTD”) benefits after finding Plaintiff’s condition had improved to allow full-time

In Finley v. Reliance Standard Life Insurance Company, No. CIV-23-967-PRW, 2024 WL 3013841 (W.D. Okla. June 14, 2024), Oklahoma Western District Judge Patrick R. Wyrick granted Defendant Reliance Standard Life Insurance Company’s Motion to Dismiss an ERISA long-term disability action seeking recovery of attorneys’ fees and waiver of Social Security Disability Insurance (“SSDI”) offsets, finding

In Drake v. Lincoln Nat’l Corp., et al., No. CV-22-08230-PCT-SPL, 2024 WL 2942695 (D. Ariz. June 11, 2024), Arizona District Judge Steve P. Logan granted judgment in favor of Defendant Lincoln National, concluding that it did not abuse its discretion in terminating ERISA governed long-term disability (“LTD”) benefits after Plaintiff’s treating provider approved her

In Child v. Unum Life Ins. Co. of Am., No. C22-2071-LTS-MAR, 2024 WL 2804916 (N.D. Iowa May 31, 2024), Iowa Northern District Judge Leonard T. Strand granted summary judgment to Defendant Unum Life Insurance Company of America, finding that it did not breach the long-term care contract when it denied Plaintiff’s claim based on the

In N.C., individually & on behalf of minor A.C. v. Premera Blue Cross, No. 23-35381, 2024 WL 2862586 (9th Cir. June 6, 2024), the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the district court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of Plaintiff-Appellee N.C. on their claim for recovery of residential treatment benefits under ERISA §

In Park Ave. Podiatric Care, P.L.L.C. v. Cigna Health & Life Ins. Co., No. 23-1134-CV, 2024 WL 2813721 (2d Cir. June 3, 2024), the Second Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the dismissal of state law claims brought by Appellant Park Avenue Podiatric Care, P.L.L.C. against Cigna Health and Life Insurance Company to recover payment

In Bristol SL Holdings, Inc. v. Cigna Health & Life Insurance Company, No. 23-55019, 2024 WL 2801531 (9th Cir. May 31, 2024), Plaintiff-Appellant Bristol SL Holdings, Inc. brought an ERISA claim for benefits against Defendants-Appellees Cigna Health and Life Insurance Company and Cigna Behavioral Health, Inc. (collectively, “Cigna”) for non-payment of treatment provided to