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Tag Archives: Statute of Limitations

A “Three-Year” Limitations Period in a Disability Policy Can Extend California’s Two-Year Statutory Limitations Period for Insurance Bad Faith

Posted in: Disability Insurance, Health Insurance, Insurance Litigation Blog, Legal Articles August 06, 2019

Life, health and disability insurers are always looking for ways to deny insurance claims. When they do so unreasonably, insured policyholders may be able to sue them for insurance bad faith under California law. Count on insurers to argue everything they can to defeat a bad-faith claim, including asserting the statute of limitations for bad-faith claims. Life, health and disability insurance plaintiff attorneys must remain current as to changes in the law so they can defeat these insurance company tactics. One notable question they must answer is this: Can a disability policy provision setting forth the timing of a lawsuit against the insurer “extend” California state tort law (e.g., statute of limitations to three years) from the statutory two-year limitations …

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Breach of Fiduciary Duty under ERISA: Ninth Circuit Clarifies That Mere Disclosure of Plan Documents Is Insufficient “Actual Knowledge” to Trigger Statute of Limitations

Posted in: Disability Insurance News, ERISA, Fiduciary Duty, Insurance Litigation Blog, Pension Benefits, Statute of Limitations January 23, 2019

In pension and savings plan cases, it can often take several years before an employee realizes that there has been a breach of fiduciary duty.  Typically, an employee’s financial loss triggers an investigation that later reveals the facts of the breach.  But how long does an employee have to bring a claim in court?  The answer depends on the employee’s “actual knowledge” of the facts of the breach or violation.  There is a conflict among federal circuit courts of appeal on whether an employee should be deemed to have knowledge of 401(k) prospectuses and fund information simply because the employer makes this information available to the employee.  In a recent decision by the Ninth Circuit, Sulyma v. Intel Corp. Investment

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Department of Labor Announces April 1, 2018 as Final Date For ERISA Claims Procedures Related to New ERISA Disability Insurance Regulations

Posted in: Disability Insurance, ERISA, Legal Articles January 27, 2018

Long-term and Short-Term Disability insurance cases dominate ERISA benefits litigation. According to the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”), the administrative agency given the authority to regulate employee benefits under, and to enforce the statutory provisions of, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (“ERISA”), disability insurance benefits claims account for almost two thirds of all benefits-related ERISA lawsuits and, based on rough estimates, these disability benefits claims are often denied. We wrote articles about these Regulations, which you can read here. Importantly, the Regulations give teeth to existing protections, enhancing requirements for independent claims administration, information disclosure and consequences for administrators who fail to comply.

The good news is that they are now finalized and will go into …

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When the Clock is Ticking: The Interplay of the Contractual Limitations Period and the Statute of Limitations in a Disability Insurance Case

Posted in: Disability Insurance, Disability Insurance News, ERISA, Insurance Litigation Blog, Insurance Questions and Concepts, Policy Interpretation, Statute of Limitations December 26, 2017

The Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, otherwise known as ERISA, governs most employer-sponsored benefit plans, including short and long-term disability benefits, life benefits, accidental death and dismemberment benefits and others.  ERISA was enacted to protect employer-sponsored benefits provided to employees.  As such, ERISA requires that the plan administrator, typically the insurer or employer, adhere to strict standards and deadlines.  However, while ERISA does set strict internal deadlines for the appeals process, it does not specify a time limit to bring a lawsuit for wrongfully denied benefits.  In this article, we discuss the statute of limitations and the contractual limitations periods in ERISA benefits cases and a relatively recent and plaintiff-friendly case decided by District Court judge Michael Fitzgerald …

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Department of Labor Announces Ninety-Day Delay in Implementing New ERISA Disability Insurance Regulations

Posted in: Disability Insurance, ERISA, Insurance Litigation Blog, Legal Articles December 06, 2017

Long-term and Short-Term Disability insurance cases dominate ERISA benefits litigation. According to the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”), the administrative agency given the authority to regulate employee benefits under, and to enforce the statutory provisions of, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (“ERISA”), disability insurance benefits claims account for almost two thirds of all benefits-related ERISA lawsuits and, based on rough estimates, these disability benefits claims are often denied. To protect disability claimants from having their benefits claims improperly denied, the DOL enforces and promulgates regulations to strengthen the employee protections found in ERISA. As a part of that process, the DOL recently issued a new set of regulations that greatly enhance the protections provided to disability claimants, …

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Top 5 Issues to Keep in Mind When Litigating ERISA Claims

Posted in: Disability Insurance, Disability Insurance News, ERISA, Insurance Litigation Blog, Insurance Questions and Concepts, Policy Interpretation, Statute of Limitations May 28, 2017

The McKennon Law Group PC periodically publishes articles on its California Insurance Litigation Blog and Disability Insurance News that deal with frequently asked questions in the insurance bad faith, life insurance, long-term disability insurance, annuities, accidental death insurance, ERISA and other areas of the law.  To speak to a highly skilled Los Angeles long-term disability insurance lawyer at the McKennon Law Group PC, call (949) 387-9595 for a free consultation or go to our website at www.mckennonlawgroup.com and complete the free consultation form.

The Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, otherwise known as ERISA, governs most employer-sponsored benefit plans, including plans that provide health insurance, disability insurance and life insurance to employees.  ERISA protects employees and requires that plan …

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Putting Your Best Claim Forward: Is Your Long-Term Disability Application Going to Be Denied?

Posted in: Disability Insurance News, ERISA, Insurance Litigation Blog, Insurance Questions and Concepts, Policy Interpretation, Statute of Limitations April 14, 2017

The McKennon Law Group PC periodically publishes articles on its Insurance Litigation and Disability Insurance News blogs that deal with frequently asked questions in insurance bad faith, life insurance, long term disability insurance, annuities, accidental death insurance, ERISA and other areas of law.  To speak with a highly skilled Los Angeles long-term disability insurance lawyer at the McKennon Law Group PC, call (949)387-9595 for a free consultation or go to our website at  www.mckennonlawgroup.com  and complete our free consultation form today.

Disability insurance may be the most important type of insurance you can buy.  Why? Because it protects your income earning ability if you become disabled.  It can provide you with a substitute income when, due to injury or illness, …

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Demystifying an ERISA Disability Insurance Claim: A Timeline for a Misunderstood Employee Benefit

Posted in: Disability Insurance, Disability Insurance News, ERISA, Insurance Litigation Blog, Insurance Questions and Concepts, Policy Interpretation, Statute of Limitations January 13, 2017

The McKennon Law Group PC periodically publishes articles on its California Insurance Litigation Blog that deal with frequently asked questions in the insurance bad faith, life insurance, long term disability insurance, annuities, accidental death insurance, ERISA and other areas of the law.  To speak with a highly skilled Los Angeles long-term disability insurance lawyer at the McKennon Law Group PC, call (949) 387-9595 for a free consultation or go to our website at www.mckennonlawgroup.comand complete the free consultation form.

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Robert McKennon and Scott Calvert Publish Article in the Los Angeles Daily Journal: “New Regulations Will Benefit Claimants in Disability Insurance Cases”

Posted in: Department of Labor/Regulations, Disability Insurance, Disability Insurance News, ERISA, Insurance Litigation Blog, Legal Articles, News Blog January 12, 2017

In the January 12, 2017 edition of the Los Angeles Daily Journal, Robert McKennon and Scott Calvert of the McKennon Law Group PC published an article summarizing the new U.S. Department of Labor disability insurance claims regulations aimed at reducing the inherent conflicts of interest present when ERISA plan administrators review long-term disability and short-term disability insurance benefit claims.  In the article entitled “New Regulations Will Benefit Claimants in Disability Insurance Cases,” Mr. McKennon and Mr. Calvert explain that the new regulations require that insurance companies and ERISA plan administrators keep individual claimants much more informed throughout the claim process, which the Department of Labor believed was necessary to ensure a full and fair review of short-term disability and long-term …

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Health Insurance Law Update: Medical Providers Seeking Payment from Insurers Must File a Quantum Meruit Lawsuit Within Two Years of the First EOB

Posted in: Health Insurance, Insurance Litigation Blog December 06, 2016

The most common complaint McKennon Law Group PC hears from medical providers is that insurers refuse to pay for the services provided to their insureds, even after the medical provider sought and obtained a pre-authorization from the insurer for the services provided to a patient.  After submitting a bill to the insurance company, all too often, a physician or other medical professional receives an Explanation of Benefits (“EOB”) letter indicating that either the insurer will not pay the claim at all or it will only pay a fraction of the amount billed.…

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