Justices Mull Time Limits For ERISA Disability Claims

Law360, New York (October 15, 2013, 7:32 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday grilled attorneys for a former Wal-Mart Stores Inc. employee and the retailer's insurer on whether the Employee Retirement Income Security Act allows an employee benefits plan to set a limitations period for challenging the denial of benefits in court that starts before the plan has made a final decision.

The court heard oral arguments in former Wal-Mart employee Julie Heimeshoff's appeal of a Second Circuit decision that affirmed the dismissal of her ERISA suit against Wal-Mart and Hartford Life & Accident Insurance Co. over the insurer's denial of her claim for long-term disability benefits because...

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