Verizon, MetLife Off Hook In 9/11 Disability ERISA Suit

Law360, New York (February 10, 2010, 5:05 PM EST) -- A federal judge has dismissed Verizon Communications Inc. and Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. from an engineer's case alleging his disability benefits were improperly reduced after he was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder related to the Sept. 11 attacks.

Judge Colleen McMahon's order, issued Tuesday in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, paves the way for a trial on plaintiff Dov Fershtadt's sole remaining claim in his suit, first filed in August 2007 — a claim for benefits under the Employee Retirement...
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