Plan Estopped From Denying Benefits Based On Misrepresentation, Judge Rules

Plan Estopped From Denying Benefits Based On Misrepresentation, Judge Rules

GREEN BAY, Wis. - A life insurance plan governed by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act is estopped from denying benefits because the employer's representative misrepresented that the insured did not need to apply for coverage upon his retirement; however, the insurer was entitled to summary judgment on the beneficiary's claim for benefits, a federal judge in Wisconsin ruled March 8 (Susan Kaye Winkelspecht v. Gustave A. Larson Company, et al., No. 10-C-1072, E.D. Wis.; 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 30729).

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