Cheal v. Life Insurance Company of North America

Cheal v. Life Insurance Company of North America (U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, ERISA Long Term Disability).

This was a fairly straightforward claim for disability benefits, but before the case settled it yielded a reported decision generally helpful to ERISA claimants in this jurisdiction.  Over the insurer’s objection, Judge Thrash held that the insurer could be held liable for statutory penalties for failing to produce documents despite not bet being the named “plan administrator.”  The order also confirmed that our ERISA clients are was entitled to prejudgment interest on wrongfully denied benefits.

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