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Announcement: ABA Journal Publishes Riemer Hess LLC Article on ERISA Disability Claims Regulations

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Announcement: ABA Journal Publishes Riemer Hess LLC Article on ERISA Disability Claims Regulations 

We are pleased to share that Partner Jennifer L.  Hess and Associate Ryan J.  McIntyre of Riemer Hess LLC have authored an important article in the American Bar Association’s Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Law Journal.  The piece, titled “Assessing the 2018 ERISA Long-Term Disability Claims Regulations: Five Years Later,” provides a critical analysis of the major regulatory changes made in 2018 under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA). 

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Major Litigation Victory: Riemer Hess Prevails in Chung v. Provident

Litigation UNUM

Major Litigation Victory: Riemer Hess Prevails in Chung v. Provident

Riemer Hess is proud to announce a major litigation victory in the case of Chung v. Provident Life and Casualty Insurance Company.  The Honorable Alvin Hellerstein, an esteemed District Judge in the Southern District of New York, ruled in favor of Plaintiff, awarding him $818,865.98 in total disability benefits dating back to his date of disability, along with interest in the amount of $114,332.90, costs of $681.63, and approximately $375,000 in attorneys’ fees.  The outcome represents a total win for our client.

 

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Riemer Hess Obtains Litigation Win Against Unum for Underwriter with Lumbar Impairment

Litigation UNUM

Riemer Hess Obtains Litigation Win Against Unum for Underwriter with Lumbar Impairment

Riemer Hess is proud to announce a new litigation victory in Graziano v. First UNUM Life Insurance Company, 21-cv-2708 (PAC) (S.D.N.Y. July 13, 2023), filed in the Southern District Court of New York.  The outcome represents a major win for Mr. Graziano and confers a common benefit on future claimants.

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Riemer Hess Obtains Total Victory Against Unum for Disabled Physician

Litigation UNUM

Riemer Hess Obtains Total Victory Against Unum for Disabled Physician

Riemer Hess is proud to announce a major litigation victory in Glickman, M.D., v. First UNUM Life Insurance Company, 1:19-cv-5909-VSB-SDA (S.D.N.Y. Jun. 8, 2023), filed in the Southern District Court of New York.  The outcome represents a total win for Dr. Glickman.

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Riemer Hess Convinces NY Federal Court That First Reliance Violated ERISA’s Regulations

Litigation First Reliance

Riemer Hess Secures Legal Victory on Behalf of Financial Engineer with a TBI

Riemer Hess LLC is proud to announce a significant legal victory in Rhodes v. First Reliance Standard Life Insurance Company, No. 22 CIV. 5264 (AKH), 2023 WL 3099294 (S.D.N.Y. Apr. 26, 2023).  The Court’s decision sends a powerful message to long term disability insurance companies: they will be held accountable for failing to follow the regulations provided by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA).

The plaintiff, Mr. William Rhodes, a Financial Engineer for a major financial institution, filed a claim for disability benefits after suffering a traumatic brain injury (“TBI”).  First Reliance initially approved Rhodes’s claim but later terminated his benefits and denied his appeal.  After the appeal denial, Mr. Rhodes consulted with Riemer Hess to sue First Reliance on his behalf.

In the litigation, Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein granted Rhodes’s motion for a de novo standard of review, holding that First Reliance failed to “strictly adhere” to ERISA’s claims procedure regulations.  As a result, the Court would apply no deference to First Reliance’s previous decision, even though the plan granted discretion to First Reliance.

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