On August 5, 2009, the Federal District Court in New York City ordered INA Life Insurance Company of New York, a subsidiary of CIGNA, to pay our client $180,466.60 in attorney fees. This award follows a battle for long term Attorney Lawyer New York disability benefits, where the Court found that CIGNA's denial of long term disability benefits was arbitrary and capricious.
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The lawsuit was subject to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act ("ERISA"). Under ERISA, the Court may in its discretion award the plaintiff with reasonable attorney fees. Fees are usually awarded if the plaintiff prevails and establishes that: the defendant's conduct was culpable; the merits of the lawsuit favored the plaintiff; and the award of fees would deter other defendants from similar action in the future.
In awarding the requested fees in this action, the Court awarded fees at Mr. Riemer's current hourly rate of $560; the associate hourly rate of $340; and the paralegal hourly rate of $180.
Please note that prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.