Health & Welfare

Participant's Disability Claim is Time-Barred

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has ruled, in Arkun v. Unum Group, that a plan participant could not sue to restore her long-term disability ("LTD") benefits because the suit was time barred by the plan's provisions. Facts. The employee became disabled in 1999 and began receiving LTD benefits. In 2004, the plan informed her that she was no longer disabled and that benefits would ...

Court Upholds LTD Insurer's Claim Denial Based on Failed Validity Tests

The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, in Johnston v. Prudential Ins. Co., has affirmed a lower court's ruling that the defendant insurer acted appropriately in terminating the plaintiff's long term-disability ("LTD") insurance benefits based on evidence that the plaintiff was "deliberately exaggerating" his symptoms.