Ex-NHL Player's Disability Suit Barred By ERISA, Judge Says

Law360 (June 20, 2018, 7:20 PM EDT) -- A Texas federal judge on Wednesday threw out a former NHL player's case alleging an insurer mishandled his disability claim, saying the suit consisted solely of state law claims that are preempted by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act.

Defendant HCC Life Insurance Co. had told the court in September 2016 that the claims were preempted by ERISA because Aaron Rome, who played for the National Hockey League's Dallas Stars until suffering a career-ending hip injury in 2014, hadn't exhausted his administrative remedies before filing the lawsuit because he didn't administratively appeal the denial of benefits.

U.S. District Judge David C....

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