Court Denies Insurer’s Motion to Dismiss, Finding Plan Language Did Not Clearly Require Administrative Exhaustion Prior to Filing Suit

Ordinarily, a participant or beneficiary of a plan governed by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (“ERISA”) must avail himself or herself of the plan’s internal review procedures before bringing a civil action in federal court for recovery of plan benefits.  This includes group ERISA plans offering long-term disability, life, health or accidental …

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Tenth Circuit Finds that Policy Terms in an ERISA Plan Did Not Unequivocally Grant an ERISA Administrator Discretion to Interpret Plan Terms, Applies De Novo Review

Insurance companies acting as ERISA plan administrators often are guilty of abusing their discretion to interpret policy language related to the level of benefits payable to a claimant under a long-term disability (“LTD”) policy in a manner most beneficial to them, rather than the claimant.  In a recent decision by the Tenth Circuit Court of …

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