Los Angeles Daily Journal Publishes Article by Robert J. McKennon Entitled “Ruling Could Send Shock Waves Through ERISA Claims Industry”

Posted in: News Blog September 04, 2019

On August 28, 2019, the Los Angeles Daily Journal published an article written by Robert J. McKennon of the McKennon Law Group PC.  The article addresses a recent case by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Dorman v. Charles Schwab, which overruled the Ninth Circuit precedent Amaro v. Continental Can Co. and enforced an arbitration clause in a pension plan on the basis that Supreme Court precedent had impliedly overruled its ruling in Amaro.  Given the expansive reading of arbitration clauses by the Supreme Court and now the Ninth Circuit, it is likely that more ERISA pension claims will be litigated on an individualized basis and will be litigated in arbitration proceedings.  For a full view of the …

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Robert J. McKennon Recognized as 2019 "America’s Top 100 Bet-the-Company Litigators for Southern California"

Posted in: Insurance Litigation Blog, News Blog August 06, 2019

McKennon Law Group PC is proud to announce that its founding shareholder Robert J. McKennon has been recognized as one of Southern California’s “America’s Top 100 Bet-the-Company Litigators.” With this honor, limited to only 100 attorneys in Southern California, Mr. McKennon joins the ranks of California’s most esteemed Bet-the-Company Litigators, including: Joseph Cotchett, Skip Keesal, Thomas Girardi, Patricia Glaser, and Thomas Bienert. Additional recipients can be seen on the website devoted specifically to recognizing the best High-Stakes Business Litigators throughout the country at www.Top100BetTheCompanyLitigators.com. Fewer than one-half percent (0.5%) of attorneys in the United States receive this award, making it the premier achievement for High-Stakes Business/Insurance Litigators throughout the nation.

To be eligible for consideration as a “Bet-the-Company Litigator” for …

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Robert J. McKennon and Joseph S. McMillen to Present “ERISA and California Bad Faith Litigation, Hot Topics and Trends in Disability, Life and Health Insurance Claims” Seminar for OCBA on June 13, 2019

Posted in: Insurance Litigation Blog, News Blog May 17, 2019

McKennon Law Group PC’s founding and managing shareholder, Robert J. McKennon and senior attorney, Joseph S. McMillen, will speak on an MCLE panel for the Orange County Bar Association on June 13, 2019, discussing “ERISA and California Bad Faith Litigation, Hot Topics and Trends in Disability, Life and Health Insurance Claims.”  Mr. McKennon has been practicing in the areas of ERISA, life, disability and health bad faith insurance litigation and business litigation for 33 years.  Mr. McMillen has been practicing in the areas of insurance and bad faith litigation for two decades, including numerous ERISA-governed disputes over disability and life insurance benefits.  The MCLE event is scheduled to take place at the OCBA headquarters from 12:15 P.M. – 1:30 P.M. …

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Robert J. McKennon Recognized as 2019 "Super Lawyer – Insurance Coverage"

Posted in: Insurance Litigation Blog, News Blog February 13, 2019

McKennon Law Group PC is proud to announce that its founding shareholder Robert J. McKennon has been recognized as one of Southern California’s “Super Lawyers” and appears in the 2019 edition of Southern California Super Lawyers magazine published in January 2019. Mr. McKennon has received this prestigious designation every year since 2011. Mr. McKennon was voted by his peers for this award and he was recognized for his excellence in representing his clients as an insurance claims denial attorney, especially with respect to his work representing life, health and disability policyholder clients.  Each year, Super Lawyers magazine, which is published in all 50 states and reaches more than 14 million readers, names attorneys in each state who attain a high …

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Los Angeles Daily Journal Publishes Article by Robert J. McKennon Entitled “Court says insurer can’t dodge coverage through ‘technical escape hatch’”

Posted in: News Blog October 29, 2018

On October 26, 2018, the Los Angeles Daily Journal published an article written by Robert J. McKennon of the McKennon Law Group PC.  The article examines a recent case by the California Court of Appeal, which held that the notice-prejudice rule precluded the denial of life insurance benefits based upon the insured’s failure to give timely notice of disability as required under a disability premium waiver provision in the life insurance policy.  Insurers often attempt to argue that a technical violation of the notice requirements voids their claim where there exists no prejudice to them.  This recent opinion helps to reinforce the notice-prejudice rule in California and helps to protect insureds.  For a full view of the article, read here

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McKennon Law Group PC Insurance Litigation Blog Ranked as Top 50 Insurance Law Blog in the U.S

Posted in: News Blog September 26, 2018

On September 21, 2018, Feedspot created a list of the Top 50 Insurance Law Blogs, News Websites and Newsletters to Follow in 2018.  McKennon Law Group PC | Insurance Litigation Blog was selected by the panelists at Feedspot as one of the Top 50 Insurance Law Blogs and was selected the 13th overall Law Blog among thousands on the internet.  Feedspot ranked the Insurance Law Blogs on the web using Google reputation and search ranking, influence and popularity on social media, quality and consistency of posts and Feedspot’s own editorial team and expert review.  For a full view of the Feedspot post, take a look at the Feedspot blog, here.

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McKennon Law Group PC’s Trial Victory Included in Los Angeles Daily Journal’s September 21, 2018 List of Top Verdicts & Settlements

Posted in: News Blog September 25, 2018

In the September 21, 2018 issue of the Los Angeles Daily Journal, the Daily Journal published a list of its top “Verdicts & Settlements,” which included the McKennon Law Group’s case of Brian Wright v. AON Hewitt Absence Management LLC, et al.  The judgment in Mr. Wright’s favor was rated as the third highest award of damages for a plaintiff for the period of time covered.  The McKennon Law Group PC represented Mr. Wright in a dispute over the payment of short-term and long-term disability benefits.  We won this ERISA case at trial and our client was awarded all of his disability insurance benefits, attorney’s fees, costs and interest.  The list includes a summary of the case.  To review …

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Orange County Lawyer Publishes Article by Robert J. McKennon Entitled “Insurers’ Intermediaries: The Implications of Actions Taken by Agents, Employers, and Third-Party Administrators”

Posted in: News Blog July 12, 2018

In the July 2018 edition of the Orange County Lawyer, The Orange County Bar Association published an article written by Robert J. McKennon and Stephanie L. Talavera of the McKennon Law Group PC.  The article examines the liability implications of the relationship between insurers and various types of intermediaries, such as insurance agents and brokers, employers and third-party beneficiaries.  As the article explains, depending on the nature of the relationship between the insurer and others involved in the process, the insurer may be held liable for the actions of others who act as intermediaries in the insurance process.  The article gives tips in rendering insurers vicariously liable for the acts of the intermediaries in the insurance process.

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Los Angeles Daily Journal Publishes Article by Robert J. McKennon Entitled “Preexisting Condition Doesn’t Preclude Coverage”

Posted in: News Blog May 28, 2018

On May 24, 2018, the Los Angeles Daily Journal published an article written by Robert J. McKennon of the McKennon Law Group PC.  The article examines a recent case by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals addressing preexisting conditions and recovery under accidental death and dismemberment policies.  The Ninth Circuit held that if an insured with a preexisting medical condition suffers from an injury, the insured is not precluded from recovery under an AD&D policy if the preexisting condition did not substantially contribute to the injury.  This holding helps insureds by diffusing an argument that is often used by insurers in an attempt to deny insureds their rights under their policies.  For a full view of the article, take a

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Bloomberg BNA Publishes Article on McKennon Law Group’s Case “Aetna Ignored Facebook Posts Showing Man’s Disability: Lawsuit”

Posted in: News Blog May 21, 2018

Long-term disability plans or policies generally promise to provide monthly disability benefits to an ill or injured employee, should he become incapable of performing his occupational duties.  As we have discussed in blogs on the topic, insurers are looking for all ways to deny insurance claims and one of their favorite tools is to rely on surveillance of disability claimants to deny a claim for benefits. Surveillance may include video surveillance or “social media” surveillance.  Social media surveillance is a relatively new phenomenon, coinciding with the now-pervasive use of numerous social media platforms such as, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, LinkedIn, etc. But, because people are so active and open on these social media platforms, one ill-advised status update or photograph

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