Robert J. McKennon Named in the Business Edition 2015 Thomson Reuters/Super Lawyers annual list of the nation’s top attorneys in business practice areasNovember 20, 2015 Robert McKennon
McKennon Law Group PC is proud and honored to announce that Robert J. McKennon, founding shareholder of McKennon Law Group PC, has been named in the Business Edition 2015 Thomson Reuters/Super Lawyers annual list of the nation’s top attorneys in business practice areas.
The November 6, 2015 edition of the Los Angeles Daily Journal features an article written by Robert McKennon and Joseph McMillen of the McKennon Law Group entitled: “Supreme Court Ramps UpInterest in ERISA.” In the article, Mr. McKennon and Mr. McMillen discuss five important United States Supreme Court cases involving litigation over employee life, health and disability benefit claims governed by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974. It discusses these cases and explains that the High Court has: (1) relaxed the standard for an employee to recover his attorney fees; (2) allowed discovery previously not permitted; (3) significantly expanded employee remedies; (4) determined plan language controls benefit reimbursement claims; and (5) confirmed an employer’s right to choose plan terms limiting the time to file a lawsuit.
AB 387 Grants California Department of Insurance New Powers to Protect Disability Insurance ConsumersOctober 14, 2015 Scott Calvert
Short-term disability insurance and long-term disability insurance policies provide insurance benefits to consumers who are unable to continue working due to injury or sickness. Such coverage can be offered as a benefit of employment by an employer (in which case, the policy is usually governed by a federal law called the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 or ERISA) or can be purchased by the individual insured.
Long-term care insurance covers long-term personal and custodial care services, including in a variety of settings such as your home, a community organization or other facility. Long-term care insurance policies reimburse policyholders a daily amount (up to a pre-selected limit) for services to assist them with their activities of daily living when they are unable to perform these activities.
Individuals who have these policies do not currently receive periodic notification from their insurer that these benefits are available. Without notification, these individuals and their families can easily lose track of the existence of the benefits, especially if the insured suffers from cognitive impairment. These individuals and families likely end up paying for care despite having this insurance or doing without when, in fact, benefits are available.
Robert McKennon and Joe McMillen Publish Article: “Examine the ‘Reasonable Expectations of the Insured’”September 25, 2015 Robert McKennon
The September 22, 2015 edition of the Los Angeles Daily Journal features an article written by Robert McKennon and Joseph McMillen of the McKennon Law Group entitled: “Examine the “Reasonable Expectations of the Insured.” In the article, Mr. McKennon and Mr. McMillen discuss the California Court of Appeal’s decision in Sequeira v. Lincoln National Life Ins. Co., 2015 DJDAR 10163 (Cal. App. 1st Dist. Aug. 31, 2015), in which the Court applied the “Reasonable Expectations of the Insured” doctrine to allow an employee of a group life policy to collect life insurance benefits. Mr. McKennon and Mr. McMillen explain this doctrine that has been so vital to allowing insureds to gain their insurance policy benefits.
Robert J. McKennon Named Corporate LiveWire’s Global Awards 2015 Insurance & Risk Management Lawyer of The YearMay 12, 2015 Robert McKennon
McKennon Law Group PC is proud and honored to announce that Robert J. McKennon, founding shareholder of McKennon Law Group PC, has been named as Corporate LiveWire’s Global Awards 2015 Orange County, California Insurance & Risk Management Lawyer of the Year. The annual Global Awards Lawyer of the Year recognition honors the achievements of those individuals that have consistently shown best practice and demonstrated general excellence in every endeavor on a global and national level.
The Corporate LiveWire Global Awards 2014 Lawyer of the Year winner’s guide is available here.
The April 1, 2015 edition of the Los Angeles Daily Journal features an article written by Robert McKennon and Joseph McMillen of the McKennon Law Group entitled: “When Insurers Rescind, They Must Act Fast.” In the article, Mr. McKennon and Mr. McMillen discuss the California Court of Appeal’s decision in DuBeck v. California Physicians’ Service, 2015 DJDAR 2629 (Cal. App. 2d Dist. Mar. 5, 2015), which held that Blue Shield of California (“Blue Shield”), waived its right to rescind her health insurance policy and, therefore, her claim was covered. While Ms. DuBeck had allegedly willfully misrepresented material facts about her medical condition on her application, the appellate court found that even if she had done so, Blue Shield waived its right to rescind.
The McKennon Law Group is proud to announce that prominent insurance attorney Joe S. McMillen has joined the Firm. Like the other attorneys of the Firm, Mr. McMillen has a stellar academic background, graduating in the top 1% of his class at University of California at Los Angeles, before earning his juris doctorate at the University of San Diego, School of Law. He is admitted to all federal and state courts in California, and has been admitted pro hac vice in Hawaii, Kansas, Missouri, Nevada, South Carolina, Utah and Washington.
In addition to his academic credentials, Mr. McMillen brings two decades of experience litigating insurance coverage and bad faith claims, as well as complex business disputes, representing plaintiffs/insureds. Mr. McMillen has significant experience in every aspect of the litigation process, and over the course of his twenty-year career, he has taken hundreds of depositions, participated in numerous mediations, arbitrations and trials.
We are excited to welcome Mr. McMillen to the firm, and he is enthusiastic to use his vast experience and knowledge to assist the firm’s clients in obtaining the benefits/damages to which they are rightfully entitled.
The January 8, 2015 edition of the Los Angeles Daily Journal featured Robert McKennon and Scott Calvert’s article entitled: “Expanding Equitable Remedies in ERISA Cases.” In it, Mr. McKennon and Mr. Calvert discuss a new case, Gabriel v. Alaska Electrical Pension Fund, 2014 DJDAR 16590 (9th Cir. 2014), which discusses equitable remedies in ERISA cases and in particular how the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has joined other circuits in allowing various equitable remedies, most especially the surcharge remedy which may allow ERISA claimants to obtain monetary relief.
Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones announced that during the 2014 legislative session that Governor Jerry Brown signed nine bills sponsored by the California Department of Insurance (“CDI”). A bill that adds protections for small businesses that took effect in 2014 and five other consumer protection bills that were implemented January 1, 2015. Here is a list of them (taken from a CDI bulletin):