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ERISA and the Pandemic: Quick Guidance on New, Temporary Changes to DOL Regulations Affecting Timing of Health/Disability Claims and Appeals

USA - May 8 2020 On May 4, 2020, The Department of Labor (DOL), the Department of the Treasury, and the Internal Revenue Service issued the final ruling…

ERISA: Mini-Primer on Choice of Law Issues to Determine the Standard of Review

USA - April 2 2020 As you know, many states have imposed statutes which affect which standard of review governs ERISA claim decisions…

ERISA (1st Cir.): What is the Remedy for Providing Inadequate Notice of Reason for Claim Denial?

USA - February 4 2020 You know that ERISA requires that the claimant receive “adequate notice in writing…setting forth the specific reasons for such denial, written in a…

ERISA: When Social Security Disability Benefit Decisions Do NOT Have to Be Considered

USA - November 15 2019 What happens when the Social Security Administration issues a disability finding after the ERISA administrator has issued the decision denying…

ERISA (10th Circuit): ACCIDENTAL DEATH BENEFIT - Death by Speeding Vehicle Excluded Under “Crime” Exclusion

USA - October 7 2019 You know that the standard of review applied by courts will significantly impact how courts view an ERISA Plan administrator’s interpretation of an…