The Nation Law Firm recently filed a complaint seeking disability benefits on behalf of a pastor who became disabled. Suit was filed against Unum Life Insurance Company of America. Although the matter was not governed by ERISA, the case was removed to federal court allegedly based on diversity. Plaintiff is seeking to remand the case arguing that the court does not have jurisdiction based on the amount in controversy at the time the complaint was filed.
In another case, we filed suit on behalf of a plaintiff seeking benefits under the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association Group Benefits Program. Plaintiff is seeking long term disability benefits pursuant to the terms of the plan. Litigation continues.
We also recently filed suit for disability benefits payable under the terms of an individual disability policy. Plaintiff became disabled and MetLife, the insurer, argues that benefits are not payable based on plaintiff’s medical condition. Plaintiff suffered from rheumatoid arthritis and other conditions.