Benefits Group Of The Year: Zuckerman Spaeder

By Emily Brill (February 21, 2019, 3:46 PM EST) -- Zuckerman Spaeder LLP got the Eighth Circuit to end an allegedly abusive billing practice by UnitedHealth Group Inc. and made progress in its fight to expand the insurer's coverage of mental health, behavioral health and substance abuse treatment, earning it a place among Law360's 2018 Benefits Groups of the Year.

Since 2014, the group, led by partners D. Brian Hufford and Jason Cowart, has pioneered a strategy by which health care providers can use the Employee Retirement Income Security Act's fiduciary provisions to force insurers to answer for large-scale claim denials.

That strategy first paid off in the consolidated cases Wit...

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