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UnitedHealth Must Face Wrongful Death Claim In State Court

Law360 (April 6, 2018, 8:01 PM EDT) -- UnitedHealth Group Inc. and others must fight a wrongful death suit in state court, an Alabama federal judge ruled Friday, finding that the punitive remedies available in the state’s wrongful death statute could not be precluded by ERISA. 

U.S. District Judge Karon Owen Bowdre sent a widow’s lawsuit back to state court after finding her wrongful death claim was not completely preempted by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act. Because Alabama’s wrongful death statute only provided for the recovery of punitive damages, Kathleen Hendrix could not...
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Case Title

Hendrix v. Huff et al

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Alabama Northern

Nature of Suit

Labor: E.R.I.S.A.


Chief Judge Karon O Bowdre

Date Filed

November 1, 2017

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