David C. Pellegrin
New Orleans Federal Judge Denies Motion for Summary Judgment in Disability Insurance Case, Finding Disputed Issues of Fact Exist
Published by The Pellegrin Firm September 27, 2020
In a recent ruling, U.S. District Court judge Martin Feldman of the Eastern District of Louisiana in New Orleans denied a plaintiff’s motion for summary judgment on the issue of whether the disability insurance policy he was suing on was governed by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (“ERISA”). ERISA is a federal law that governs insurance policies that are part of group plans sponsored by private employers. In most litigation, the standard of review is more plaintiff-friendly under state insurance law than under ERISA. In addition, state law provides for remedies and penalties that ERISA does not.