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

Posted in: Employee Benefits News, ERISA, Insurance Litigation Blog, News, News Blog May 21, 2018

On April 23, 2018, Bloomberg BNA published an article covering McKennon Law Group’s
innovative use of social media monitoring to benefit our client in his lawsuit against Aetna
Insurance Company. In “Aetna Ignored Facebook Posts Showing Man’s Disability: Lawsuit,”
Jacklyn Wille, Reporter for Bloomberg BNA, covers our complaint’s unique use of Aetna’s
social media surveillance in this long-term disability insurance case. The article discusses how
the complaint argues that Aetna improperly terminated benefits in part because it ignored
Facebook posts that are highly supportive of the plaintiff’s disability. The article is posted
below:

Benefits & Executive Compensation News

Aetna Ignored Facebook Posts Showing Man’s Disability: Lawsuit

By Jacklyn Willie

  • Lawsuit challenges Aetna’s denial of disability benefits
  • Insurer focused on surveillance
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McKennon Law Group PC Voted Top USA Insurance Litigation Law Firm for 2018

Posted in: News, News Blog May 16, 2018

The Lawyers Worldwide Awards Magazine has announced McKennon Law Group PC as “Insurance Litigation Law Firm of the Year –USA” for 2018.  The Magazine recognizes each year a select number of leading professional firms, across the globe, for their individual areas of specialization, within their geographical location.  McKennon Law Group PC was voted by its peers for this award and it was recognized for a excellence in representing its life, health and disability policyholder clients against the biggest insurers in the world.…

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Los Angeles Daily Journal Publishes Article Profiling McKennon Law Group PC’s Respected Reputation in Policyholder Advocacy

Posted in: News, News Blog May 10, 2018

On May 7, 2018, the Los Angeles Daily Journal published an article on the firm, entitled “Shifting Allegiance: No Longer Insurers’ Advocates, McKennon Law Group Attorneys Stand Up for Policyholders.”  (See our Insurance Litigation Blog for the full article)  The article details the firm’s history of success, including the reasons why Robert J. McKennon, the firm’s founder, left behind a successful career defending insurers to start a small, plaintiff-side firm representing insureds.  As the article discusses, Mr. McKennon defended insurance companies for nearly twenty-five years as an attorney and partner at Barger & Wolen LLP.  In 2010, he started representing policyholders and two years later, he founded the McKennon Law Group PC.  Since then, the firm has cultivated a highly …

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Robert McKennon and Stephanie Talavera Publish Article in the Los Angeles Daily Journal: "Ruling Addresses When A Third-party Acts as ERISA Fiduciary"

Posted in: News, News Blog April 11, 2018

ERISA protects employees from abuse of their employer-sponsored benefit plans by establishing procedural protections and codifying fiduciary relationships. Under ERISA, plan fiduciaries must administer the plan in accordance with their duties of loyalty and prudence. While the employer who formed the plan is always a fiduciary under ERISA, other parties, such as the insurer or claims administrator, may become fiduciaries through certain conduct. When insurers have discretion to deny benefits under an ERISA plan, they are typically considered claims fiduciaries. In the April 6, 2018 edition of the Los Angeles Daily Journal, Robert J. McKennon and Stephanie L. Talavera of the McKennon Law Group PC discuss a recent Ninth Circuit case that outlines the role that employers and other fiduciaries …

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Robert McKennon Quoted in Super Lawyers' Article: Does Suicide Invalidate an Insurance Claim?

Posted in: News Blog March 10, 2018

On February 2, 2018, Robert J. McKennon, founding shareholder of McKennon Law Group PC, shared his insurance expertise with Trevor Kupfer of Super Lawyers for an article on important clauses in insurance policies entitled “Does Suicide Invalid an Insurance Claim? It All Depends on the Language in the Policy.” “Super Lawyers,” one of the most important and prestigious ratings services in the United States, that recognizes the top 5% of outstanding lawyers, published the article on its website. Mr. McKennon, an attorney who has practiced for over 30 years and mostly represents policyholders in life, health and disability insurance matters, has been a recognized Super Lawyer every year since 2011. He is an expert in insurance coverage and ERISA litigation. …

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Robert J. McKennon Recognized as 2018 "Super Lawyer – Insurance Coverage" and “Top 100 Insurance Lawyers in the State of California” for 2018

Posted in: Insurance Litigation Blog, News, News Blog February 05, 2018

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 2018 edition of Southern California Super Lawyers magazine published in January 2018. 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 he and his excellence in representing its 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 degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The Super Lawyer designation is …

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McKennon Law Group PC Voted Top California and USA Insurance Litigation Law Firm for 2017 and 2018

Posted in: Insurance Litigation Blog, News Blog February 02, 2018

The Lawyers Worldwide Awards Magazine has announced McKennon Law Group PC as “Insurance Litigation Law Firm of the Year – California, USA” and “Insurance Litigation Law Firm of the Year –USA” for 2017.  The Magazine recognizes each year a select number of leading professional firms, across the globe, for their individual areas of specialization, within their geographical location.  McKennon Law Group PC was voted by its peers for this award and it was recognized for a excellence in representing its life, health and disability policyholder clients against the biggest insurers in the world.

McKennon Law Group PC was also selected by Acquisition Finance Magazine for its ACQ5 award as “USA – Insurance Litigation Law Firm of the Year” for 2018.  …

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Robert McKennon and Stephanie Talavera Publish Article in the Los Angeles Daily Journal: "Ruling Clears Up Attorney Fees in ERISA Cases"

Posted in: Disability Insurance, Employee Benefits News, ERISA, Life Insurance, News, News Blog November 10, 2017

Unlike a state law claim for benefits under an individual insurance policy, an ERISA claim generally limits recovery to benefits due under the plan: prejudgment interest, declaratory or equitable (non-monetary) relief and attorneys’ fees. Accordingly, looming attorneys’ fees serve as an important financial disincentive for an ERISA plan administrator’s misconduct. In today’s edition of the Los Angeles Daily Journal, Robert J. McKennon and Stephanie L. Talavera of the McKennon Law Group PC discuss the importance of ERISA attorneys’ fees and how a recent case positively impacts the ability to recover those fees. In a column entitled “Ruling Clears Up Attorney Fees in ERISA Cases,” we evaluate the effect of the new Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals case, Micha v. Sun

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The Hartford Agrees to Purchase Aetna's Group Disability Insurance and Group Life Insurance Business

Posted in: Disability Insurance, Disability Insurance News, ERISA, Group Plans, Life Insurance, News Blog November 08, 2017

In a deal between two of the country’s largest disability insurers, The Hartford agreed to purchase Aetna Life Insurance Company’s group life insurance and disability insurance business for $1.45 billion. After the purchase, which is expected to close before the end of 2017, The Hartford will be the second largest group life and disability insurer, with 20 million customers insured by the combined business. A vast majority of these customers’ claims will be governed by ERISA.

According to media reports, The Hartford’s purchase of Aetna’s group life and disability insurance was designed to strengthen the company’s business among mid-sized companies, and take advantage of Aetna’s superior technology infrastructure. Aetna, in turn, will focus on its race with rival health insurance …

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