Trial Court Did Not Rewrite Disability Benefits Plan, 4thCircuit Rules

Trial Court Did Not Rewrite Disability Benefits Plan, 4thCircuit Rules

RICHMOND, Va. - A federal district court did not err in ruling that the Employee Retirement Income Security Act governed when a participant's cause of action challenging the termination of his long-term disability benefits accrued but that the plan governed the applicable statute of limitations, the Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled April 13 in an unpublished opinion affirming the lower court's ruling that the claim was time-barred (Benjamin Belrose v. The Hartford Life & Accident Insurance Company, No. 10-2405, 4th Cir.; 2012 U.S. App. LEXIS 7506).

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