Articles Posted in Reliance Standard Disability Claim

In Christopher Foglia v. Reliance Standard Life Insurance Company, Plaintiff, a former Vice President of Realogy Group, LLC (Realogy), was awarded long-term disability benefits (LTDs) when he became unable to perform all the duties of his own occupation. He had been diagnosed with numerous medical problems, including HIV, Hepatitis C, and many symptoms that accompany such diagnoses. In addition to his physical symptoms, Plaintiff also had decreased cognitive functioning that made it impossible to perform his job.
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In the case of Juanita Nichols v. Reliance Standard Life Insurance Company, the plaintiff, aged 62, developed circulatory disorders including Raynaud’s disease. These conditions prevented her from working at her life-long job as a Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points Coordinator at Peco Foods chicken processing plant. Raynaud’s is a condition where exposure to cold results in serious medical problems, possibly even gangrene.
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In this recent case out of California, the Plaintiff previously worked in IT for the Capital Group Companies. However, he was forced to stop working on February 2, 2011, due to chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia. Through his employer, the former IT employee had long term disability coverage under a Policy with Reliance Standard. After applying for benefits, his claim was approved in August 2011 and ultimately paid through March of 2015. Unfortunately benefits after March of 2015 were denied as Reliance Standard believed he no longer satisfied the definition of disability. After numerous appeals were filed and numerous reviews conducted, a lawsuit was filed.
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In James Wilson v. Reliance Standard Life Insurance Company, a Michigan District Court ruled in favor of Reliance and found its termination of long term disability benefits to plaintiff Wilson was not arbitrary and capricious.

Plaintiff, an Air Force veteran, was employed by RCF Information System, a defense contractor, as a Programmer/Systems Analyst, a sedentary position. After a little more than three years of employment, he was diagnosed in November 2014 with lymphoma of his spine, a malignant cancer. His claim for short term disability was approved and, as he continued to receive treatment for the lymphoma, his claim for long term disability was also approved.
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In Hariri v. Reliance Standard Life Insurance Company, Roxy Hariri, a former California Deputy District Attorney filed suit against Reliance asserting “claims for breach of contract and breach of the covenant of good faith and fair dealing under California law.” Reliance filed for Summary Judgment on the sole ground that provisions of the Employment Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) preempt the application of California law and therefore, Hariri’s lawsuit should be dismissed.
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In Jarillo v. Reliance Standard Life Ins. Co., Judge Michael M. Anello of the United States District Court of the Southern District of California held that plaintiff Marife Jarillo met her burden of proof and was entitled to benefits under the ERISA. For about eight years, Jarillo worked in the marketing department of the Sycuan Band of The Kumeyaay Nation (a federally recognized Native American tribe located near San Diego). In 2010, Jarillo injured her back at work while attempting to lift a heavy box.
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Pennsylvania Court holds that Reliance Standard’s failure to conduct an in-person independent medical examination of a plaintiff suffering from depression/anxiety was an abuse of discretion.
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The Plaintiff, Anthony B., has filed a lawsuit against the Reliance Standard Life Insurance Company (Reliance) for the wrongful termination of ERISA welfare benefits. This was done through his Alabama disability lawyer in the United States District Court of Alabama.

In Anthony B. vs. Reliance Standard Life Insurance Company, the Plaintiff is suing Reliance to recover the ERISA welfare benefits that were wrongfully terminated by Reliance.
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