Life, Health and Disability
Defense of more than 100 claims arising under individual and group life insurance contracts and disability income contracts under ERISA and state law. Includes litigation arising from financial services products including acuities and universal, variable and whole life policies as well as consumer credit products. Trial to verdict on individual and group contracts. Representative decisions include: Story v. Safeco Life Ins. Co., 179 Or.App. 688(2002) (JNOV for client affirmed); Richardson v. Guardian Life Ins. Co. of America, 161 Or.App. 615 (1999) (summary judgment for client affirmed); Metropolitan Life Insurance Company v. Holland, 134 F.Supp.2d 1197 (D.Or. 2001) (declaratory judgment for client under Federal Employees Group Life Insurance Act); Dames v. Paul Revere Life Ins. Co., 49 F.Supp.2d 1194 (D. Or. 1999) (partial summary judgment for client under ERISA); F.N. v. Provident Life and Acc. Ins. Co., 2003 WL 22442972 (dismissing claims for injunctive relief and extra-contractual damages); McKeown v. Paul Revere Life Ins. Co., 2009 WL 1491181 (summary judgment for client affirmed); McAninch-Ruenzi v. Board of Pension of the Presbyterian Church USA, 2007 WL 1039495 (granting client's partial summary judgment and dismissing adverse attorney fee claims).