Saturday, 23 March 2019

2nd Circ. OKs Nix Of Disability Benefits For Mental Illness

Law360 (September 7, 2018, 6:54 PM EDT) — The Second Circuit on Friday affirmed a lower court’s toss of an Employee Retirement Income Security Act suit alleging that the Hartford Life Insurance Co. wrongly terminated a woman’s disability benefits after 24 months, holding that the insurer did not improperly classify her bipolar disorder as a mental illness.

The three-judge panel said in its summary order that Hartford’s determination that Marry Kim’s bipolar disorder was a mental illness was reasonable, rejecting Kim’s arguments that the insurer’s reliance on the current version of the Diagnostic and…


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