Cozen Same-Sex Benefits Feud A Cautionary Tale For Firms

Law360, New York (August 19, 2011, 1:34 PM EDT) -- The feud between the parents of a deceased Cozen O'Connor attorney and her lesbian partner over the insurance lawyer's death benefits should serve as a lesson for law firms to be clear about how they provide coverage for same-sex spouses of employees or risk winding up in court, attorneys say.

Cozen filed an interpleader action in a Pennsylvania federal court in January, seeking a ruling that would require the parents of attorney Sarah Ellyn Farley and her partner, Jennifer J. Tobits, to resolve a dispute over...
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