On September 4, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled in Fontaine v. Metropolitan Life Insurance Company that the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended (ERISA), does not preempt an Illinois state insurance regulation that prohibits discretionary authority clauses in health and disability plan insurance policies. The Seventh Circuit upheld the ruling of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, which decided that the Illinois regulation was not subject to preemption under precedent set forth in prior decisions by the Supreme Court of the United States.
Seventh Circuit Finds that State Insurance Law Applies, Resulting in De Novo Review of Benefit Claim
By Jacob Mattinson, Michael T. Graham and Todd Solomon on September 24, 2015
Posted In Benefit Controversies, Employee Benefits, Employment, Retirement Plans