Ruling shows courts must take more responsibility

A recent ruling from the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, DeLisle v. Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada, 2009 U.S.App.LEXIS 4251 (March 4), illustrates how courts are now engaging in a more probing and thorough review of ERISA benefit denials. Sherry DeLisle, who sustained significant injuries in an automobile accident, was fired from her […]

Ruling puts Glenn decision to work

McCauley v. First Unum Life Ins. Co., 2008 U.S.App.LEXIS 26094 (2d Cir. Dec. 24), recently issued by the 2d U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, is the first major appellate ruling to fully appreciate the impact of Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. v. Glenn, 128 S. Ct. 2343 (2008), in evaluating benefit claim denials under ERISA. The […]

The year in employee benefits

Employee benefits issues have occupied the courts recently and will continue to do so. Court decisions have reflected the most prevalent current economic issues, and also have addressed issues that will be decisive in the upcoming national election. For example, the debate over national health care has resulted in conflicting decisions relating to local initiatives […]