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Insurance Companies’ Tricks of the Trade

November 13, 2008

The American Association for Justice (formerly the Association of Trial Lawyers of America) recently released a new report on the insurance industry titled “Tricks of the Trade: How Insurance Companies Deny, Delay, Confuse and Refuse.” The report reviews some of the egregious ways the industry attempts to make large sums
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Successful Underinsured Motorist Claim – Appellate Decision

October 30, 2008

The Law Office of Shawn E. McDermott LLC recently won a Colorado appellate case on behalf of its clients relating to uninsured/underinsured (UM/UIM) automobile insurance benefits. In this case, our clients, the Meza family members, had pursued a wrongful death claim under six different underinsured motorist policies issued to various
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SUPREME COURT CLARIFIES DEFERENTIAL REVIEW IN ERISA CASES

July 1, 2008

On June 19, 2008, the Supreme Court issued its decision in Glenn v. Metropolitan Life Insurance Co., No. 06-923, 2008 WL 2444796. The Court was asked to address the issue of the conflict of interest which exists when the entity that administers an ERISA plan, such as an insurance company,
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SUPREME COURT REJECTS OPPORTUNITY TO CLARIFY BREACH OF FIDUCIARY DUTY CLAIMS

July 1, 2008

….. On June 27, 2008, the United States Supreme Court denied review in the case of Amschwand v. Spherion Corp., No. 07-841. In this author’s opinion, the Supreme Court should have accepted cert, and should thereafter have overturned the lower court’s decision in the case. The question presented in Amschwand
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New Insurance Law in Colorado (HB 1407 Signed By Governor)

June 5, 2008

….. We just learned this morning that Governor Ritter signed into law House Bill 1407 yesterday afternoon which has the ability to dramatically assist beneficiaries/insureds of insurance contracts, including those governed by ERISA. Generally speaking, the bill provides specific rights and remedies to insureds under insurance contracts whose claims have
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PERA and Govermental Immunity in Colorado

May 19, 2008

A nice win in a case against Standard Insurance and PERA. On Friday, May 16, 2008, the Colorado Court of Appeals issued a decision of first impression which addresses Standard Insurance Company’s long pursued argument that it is entitled to governmental immunity in administering claims for disability retirement benefits for
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ERISA and Bad Faith Claims

January 8, 2008

Often times, both potential clients and inexperienced attorneys will contact our office and are surprised to learn that insurance bad faith claims cannot be pursued when a group insurance policy is governed by Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1971 (visit our ERISA disability and health insurance claims page for
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