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Denied Disability Claimant Wins when Administrator Blows Deadline
Employers can change the terms of their long-term disability plans whenever they want. Those changes often affect what employees must show to make a disability claim
, and they rarely make it easy to collect. Plans usually apply changed provisions even to employees who are already receiving benefits. They often lose those payments. But when a claimant brings a lawsuit, the US District Court for the Northern District of California
recently held that rule-of-thumb is different. The plan provisions in effect when the disability accrued should govern.
Road Outrage: California Truckers Denied Fair Wages and Benefits
For more than a decade, the Port Trucking industry has exploited its workers. In a year-long investigation, USA Today
revealed that truckers are forced to work up to 20 hours per day and uneducated immigrants are easy targets. Although these drivers have been classified as independent contractors, the city of Los Angeles has filed three California labor lawsuits
against port trucking companies for violating state laws.
Another Death Has Been Blamed on Defective Takata Airbags
Another death has been revealed from faulty Takata defective airbags after a man from Louisiana succumbed to his airbag injuries
following a crash in July. The death has been confirmed by Honda, the manufacturer of the car the victim was driving when the accident took place. The death, revealed to Honda and the media late last month, brings to 20 the number of deaths worldwide that have been attributed to the problematic airbags.
Game Changer Ruling for Risperdal Plaintiffs in Pennsylvania
A ruling by three appeal court judges in Pennsylvania has turned the tables on Johnson & Johnson (J&J) and Janssen saying that some 5,500 Risperdal
plaintiffs with cases consolidated in a state mass tort litigation have the right to pursue punitive damages.
New Year, New Unum Lawsuit
With a new year comes a new lawsuit against Unum Group, after a plaintiff from the Philadelphia area brought a complaint against the global insurance juggernaut. At issue in the Unum lawsuit
is the abrupt termination of long term disability benefits by the insurer, allegedly without just cause.
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