ERISA Rulings Shield Insurers From Benefits Class Actions

Law360, New York (November 12, 2013, 7:00 PM EST) -- A string of recent court rulings could seriously hobble class actions accusing insurers of stiffing customers on employer-provided health benefits, as judges increasingly block lawsuits against companies that make coverage decisions unless they’re officially in charge of plan administration.

The latest win for the insurance industry came two weeks ago when UnitedHealth Group Inc. escaped a proposed class action accusing it of improperly denying treatment for mental illnesses. Even though United was the claims administrator tasked with deciding whether to pay bills, it technically wasn’t the...
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