How discovery is evolving in ERISA benefits litigation

An aspect of Employee Retirement Income Security Act benefits litigation that distinguishes it from other civil litigation is that discovery in ERISA cases is only stingily granted. Although, as will be shown below, that appears to be changing. There is no statutory basis for limiting discovery in ERISA cases, nor do the Federal Rules of […]

6th Circ. ruling offers fresh look at ERISA exhaustion

Is exhaustion of administrative remedies in challenging Employee Retirement Income Security Act-governed benefit denials required as a precondition to filing a lawsuit? A concurring opinion in Wallace v. Oakwood Healthcare Inc.[1] by U.S. Circuit Judge Amul Thapar of the Sixth Circuit raises provocative questions about the administrative exhaustion doctrine in ERISA cases and suggests that other […]

How to dispute an insurance claim denial

If a disability, health or life insurance claim is denied, gathering information, staying within deadlines and communicating with all relevant parties to gather necessary information is essential in order to overturn the decision. When a dispute over any insurance benefits arises, being told “no” is not the final word. If the coverage at issue is […]