Ninth Circuit Awards McKennon Law Group PC Their Full Attorneys’ Fees and Costs, Without Any Reduction

Posted in: News, News Blog December 23, 2015

In April 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit upheld a ruling by District Court Judge Cormac J. Carney awarding a McKennon Law Group PC client his past-due ERISA long-term disability plan benefits, plus interest.  Following that decision, the McKennon Law Group filed a motion for attorneys’ fees and costs, which Sun Life Financial vigorously opposed.  However, the Ninth Circuit rejected every argument that Sun Life made in opposing the motion for fees and costs.  In reviewing the hourly rates charged by the McKennon Law Group and the time spent advocating on behalf of its client in the appeal, the Ninth Circuit determined that both were completely reasonable and appropriate.  Based on this finding, the Ninth Circuit ruled that the McKennon Law Group was entitled to 100% of the attorneys’ fees and costs incurred and applied for on the appeal.

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Department of Labor Proposes New, Claimant-Friendly ERISA Regulations for Disability Insurance Claims

Posted in: Disability Insurance News, ERISA, Health Insurance, News, News Blog December 10, 2015

From time to time, the U.S. Department of Labor promulgates new regulations governing disability insurance benefit claims and health insurance benefit claims that are governed by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, commonly referred to as ERISA.  The regulations must be followed by plan administrators and claim administrators when reviewing disability insurance and health insurance benefit claims submitted by claimants.  Recently, the Department of Labor proposed changes to the regulations governing long-term disability insurance benefit claims and short-term disability insurance benefit claims.

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Mistreated by Your Insurer? Insurers May Not Be Able to Hide Behind ERISA Preemption to Defeat Claims for Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress

Posted in: Breach of Contract, Disability Insurance, Disability Insurance News, ERISA, Health Insurance, Insurance Litigation Blog, Life Insurance, News, Preemption November 30, 2015

Insureds obligingly pay premiums on their life, health and disability insurance policies and dutifully provide updated information upon request by their insurers, but often do not enjoy the same courtesy when they file an insurance claim.  In extreme cases, antagonistic insurers engage in a host of tactics, including appointing claims examiners who refuse to return phone calls, conducting intrusive surveillance, accusing insureds of filing false claims or inundating the insured’s employer and treating doctors with document demands—only to deny the insured’s claim.  Astonished by this treatment, many insureds wonder if they can sue them for emotional distress damages.  The short answer is yes—but there are hurdles.

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Robert J. McKennon Named in the Business Edition 2015 Thomson Reuters/Super Lawyers annual list of the nation’s top attorneys in business practice areas

Posted in: News, News Blog November 20, 2015

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.

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Robert McKennon and Joe McMillen Publish Article: “Supreme Court Ramps Up Interest in ERISA”

Posted in: News, News Blog November 10, 2015

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 Up Interest 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.

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AB 387 Grants California Department of Insurance New Powers to Protect Disability Insurance Consumers

Posted in: Disability Insurance News, Insurance Commissioner, Insurance Litigation Blog, Long Term Care Insurance, News October 14, 2015

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.

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California Seniors Gain Protection Under Long-Term Care Policies

Posted in: Insurance Commissioner, Long Term Care Insurance, News, News Blog October 08, 2015

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.

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Robert McKennon and Joe McMillen Publish Article: “Examine the ‘Reasonable Expectations of the Insured’”

Posted in: News, News Blog September 25, 2015

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.

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Robert J. McKennon Named Corporate LiveWire’s Global Awards 2015 Insurance & Risk Management Lawyer of The Year

Posted in: News, News Blog May 12, 2015

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.

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