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June 2009 Archives

Frankel & Newfield Achieve A Significant Victory in Long Term Disability Insurance Case Against Met Life in Federal Court

The Court ruled that Met Life was arbitrary and capricious in its consideration of Plaintiff's claim, based upon a number of factors seen regularly in these cases. Plaintiff suffers from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, an illness marked by a lack of true objective evidence.

Met Life Found to Have Abused Its Discretion

Another judge has found that Met Life abused its discretion in its consideration of a long term disability insurance claim. By relying upon physicians who derive substantial income from providing medical reports to insurance companies, Met Life failed to support its claim determination with "substantial evidence", and its determination was reversed.

Long Term Disability Insurance Company Claims Adjusters A Little Cranky?

If the next time you call to speak with a Long Term Disability Insurance Claims adjuster or a clerk and they sound cranky or on edge, don't be surprised. According to statistics from the U.S. Department of Labor reported in the June issue of Best's Review, an insurance industry trade publication, April marked the six consecutive month that the insurance industry's payrolls dropped. In April, no less than 4,000 jobs hit the chopping block. February saw 2,200 jobs cut, and 2,000 were let go in March. These numbers reflect the entire insurance industry, not just long term disability insurance companies. But the overall trend is not a good one.

Jason Newfield Invited to Present at Prominent National Disability Insurance Conference

Jason Newfield returned to American Conference Institute, to speak before a national conference on the impact of the United States Supreme Court decision MetLife v. Glenn on disability insurance litigation in Federal courts. The American Conference Institute's 12th National Advanced Forum on Litigating Disability and ERISA Claims speakers are leaders in the field of disability litigation, and Mr. Newfield was honored to have been selected again to speak before the conference. His program, "A Circuit-by-Circuit Analysis of MetLife v. Glenn Interpretations and how to Adapt Your Litigation Strategies in Response," took place in Boston on June 15, 2009. It was an engaging round table discussion with counsel for insurance companies debating the impact of Met Life v. Glenn with Jason.

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