3rd Circ. Shuts Down Agent's Nationwide Benefits Suit

Law360, New York (May 3, 2013, 8:00 PM EDT) -- An insurance agent's suit alleging Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co. unfairly coerced agents to give up compensation benefits was properly dismissed by a lower court, the Third Circuit said Friday, holding that the plaintiff lacked standing and failed to state a plausible injury.

A three-judge panel ruled that David A. Gardner couldn't show that he had been injured “in the slightest” by an addendum to Nationwide's independent agent contract in 2010, or by his refusal to sign on to it. The ruling also said Gardner lacked standing...
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