Lesbian Spouse Wins Cozen Benefits Case In Wake Of Windsor

Law360, Los Angeles (July 29, 2013, 10:41 PM EDT) -- Law firm Cozen O’Connor PC will pay death benefits to the same-sex spouse of a deceased employee after a Pennsylvania federal court declared her eligible on Monday in the first such ERISA ruling since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned an aspect of the Defense of Marriage Act.

U.S. District Judge C. Darnell Jones II ordered the firm to pay out the benefits to Jennifer Tobits, the wife of former Cozen attorney Sarah Ellyn Farley, and not Farley’s parents, who also staked a claim to the money,...
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