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Seventh Circuit Awards Accidental Death Benefits

January. 3, 2017
The United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit issued a decision in Prather v. Sun Life and Health Insurance Company on December 13, 2016. On July 16, 2013, Jeremy...
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District Court Upholds LINA’s Denial of LTD Benefits Due To Lack of Objective Findings of Mental, Cognitive, or Behavioral Impairment

November. 14, 2016
District court upholds insurer’s denial of LTD benefits agreeing with the insurer’s file reviewer that there are no objective findings from a psychiatric standpoint that indicates the Claimant is mentally,...
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Life Insurance Owner Should Usually Have an Insurable Interest in the Insured Life

October. 14, 2016
The United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit issued a decision in Sun Life Assurance Co. of Canada v. U.S. Bank National Association on October 12, 2016 affirming...
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You Should Know: Overdoses Soar with Drug Company Profits

October. 10, 2016
Bryant Legal Group's October 2016 "You Should Know" newsletter was distributed last night.  It is available online here.  In this issue: "Addiction Explodes with Sales," "Abuse, Addiction Prevention Checklist," and...
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Social Security Disability News by Joni Beth Bailey

October. 10, 2016
For new and updates relevant to Social Security disability, we recommend visiting attorney Joni Beth Bailey's blog page.  Recent topics include: "Famous Last Words—'I’ve got this!  I don’t need an...
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Insurer Required to Defend Insured

July. 28, 2016
The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed in part and reversed in part the district court’s decision regarding insurer’s duty to defend. Cincinnati Insurance Company brought action seeking declaration that...
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Limits to Bad Faith Discovery in Illinois?

May. 17, 2016
Zagorski v. Allstate Insurance Company, 2016 IL App (5th) 140056 (May 16, 2016) St. Clair Co. (CATES) Affirmed in part, reversed in part, and vacated in part; remanded with directions. ...
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Social Security Agency Rules Proposal

March. 21, 2016
The  American Bar Association's House of Delegates recently approved Resolution 106B. The Resolution proposes various reforms to the rulemaking provisions of the Administrative Procedure Act (“APA”), many of which embrace principles...
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Does ERISA Cover My Church-Affiliated Disability Insurance Plan?

March. 20, 2016
If you work for a religiously affiliated organization, different rules may apply to your disability insurance claim. ERISA does not cover many church plans due to an exception in the law, so it’s important...
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ERISA Preemption in Case of Liberty Mutual Health Insurance Plan

March. 20, 2016
The Supreme Court ruled that ERISA pre-empts Vermont’s statute as applied to ERISA plans in Gobeille v. Liberty Mutual Insurance Co., decided on March 1, 2016. Liberty Mutual maintains a...
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Congressional Research Service Social Security Primer

February. 15, 2016
Congressional Research Service ("CRS") has put out a "primer" on SSA: Social Security Primer Congressional Research Service Summary The Social Security program was established in the 1930s and has been modified...
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