U.S. Supreme Court Hands ERISA Plan Participants Major Victory in Allowing Recovery of Attorneys’ Fees

As predicted in my April blog post, the U.S. Supreme Court today handed ERISA plan participants a big victory when they decided the important ERISA disability case of Hardt v. Reliance Standard Life Insurance, __ U.S. __ (Decided May 24, 2010) holding that an ERISA plan participant may be able to collect attorneys’ fees from …

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Differential Standard of Review in ERISA Cases Clarified

The Tuesday May 4, 2010 edition of the Los Angeles Daily Journal featured my article, entitled “Deferential Standard of Review in ERISA case Clarified,” in the Perspective column. It explains the latest case from the United States Supreme Court, Conkright v. Frommert and discusses what it means and how it should be read in conjunction …

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Insurance Commissioner Announces Examination of Anthem’s Claims-Related Data

Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner announced last week that his office will conduct an examination of Anthem Blue Cross’s claims-related data used by Anthem to justify its future rate filings. This comes after Anthem’s decision to withdraw its recent application to increase rates to thousands of insureds in California.  Here is the press release: NEWS RELEASE …

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Two Major California Health Insurers to Cease Practice of Policy Rescissions

For several years, health insurers have been strongly criticized for engaging in post claim underwriting and improper policy cancellations, known in the law as “rescissions.”  The Insurance Commissioner has even recently regulated the practice. Now, after this significant criticism and facing tougher federal regulation, two of California’s largest health insurers say they will stop rescinding …

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