Notable Published Disability Decisions

Soucy v. First Unum Life Ins. Co., 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 27938 (D. Conn. Mar. 17, 2011)(“. . . Unum’s decision to terminate Soucy’s benefits necessarily imposed a standard that was not required by the LTD Plan’s provisions. . . .  Accordingly, the Court must conclude that no reasonable mind could accept as adequate the evidence upon which Unum relied to support its decision to terminate Soucy’s benefits. . . .  Soucy remains entitled to disability benefits. . . .”)

Ian Smith workingBregman v. Hartford Life and Accident Ins. Co. et al., 2008 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 72500 (D. Conn. Sep. 23, 2008) (“The Court finds that this disability was the result of the combination of physical conditions Bregman suffered, and that Bregman would have been totally disabled under the policy’s definition even in the absence of the mental conditions from which he also suffered.  Bregman is therefore entitled to continuing LTD benefits according to the terms of the policy.”)

Mikrut v. Unum Life Ins. Co. of America, 2006 WL 3791417 (D. Conn. Dec. 21, 2006) (“Mikrut has shown that Unum’s decision was, in fact, influenced by the inherent conflict of an entity that both administers and insures a plan. .  .  I find that Mikrut is eligible for disability benefits under the plan. .. .  Accordingly, Mikrut’s motion for judgment on the administrative record is granted.”)

Towner v. CIGNA Life Ins. Co. of New York et al., 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 9877 (D. Conn. Mar. 7, 2006) (“On the basis of the foregoing evidence, Towner has demonstrated satisfactory proof of his entitlement to LTD benefits under the Pfizer plan.”)

Trella v. CIGNA Group Ins. et al., 2005 WL 1813278 (D. Conn. June 27, 2005) (“Plaintiff’s discovery requests seek. . . information that could be relevant to determining whether defendants’ review of plaintiff’s claim was tainted by a conflict of interest. . . .  Therefore, defendants’ motion for a protective order is denied; plaintiff may seek evidence that defendants were influenced by a conflict of interest.”)

Unpublished Disability Litigation:

Isaac v. Highmark Life Ins. Co.,
3:03-cv-1671(JBA) (D. Conn)

Parisi v. UnumProvident Corp. et al.,
3:03-cv-1425(DJS) (D. Conn.)

Maretz v. Life Ins. Co. of N. America et al.,
3:04-cv-1925(WWE) (D. Conn.)

Bernat v. Gentex Optics, Inc.,
04-0058-FDS (D. Mass.)

Bobrow v. UnumProvident Corp. et al.,
3:04-cv-02164(SRU) (D. Conn.)

US Airways, Inc. et al. v. Ruggiero,
06-01146-SSM (E.D. Va.)

Albuck v. Life Ins. Co. of N. America et
3:06-cv-0166(SRU) (D. Conn.)

Miner v. Liberty Life Assur. Co. of
, 3:06-cv-256(DJS) (D. Conn.)

Reese v. CIGNA Life Ins. Co. of NY et
3:07-cv-87(AWT) (D. Conn.)

Schumacher v. Metropolitan Life Ins. Co.
et al.
, 3:07-cv-230(AHN) (D. Conn.)

Girardin v. Life Insurance Co. of N.
, 3:11-cv-01564(SRU) (D. Conn.)

DeLorenzo v. Unum Life Ins. Co. of
, 3:11-cv-01926(MRK) (D. Conn.)