FRESNO, Calif. - Finding that the state law breach of contract and bad faith claims brought by the beneficiaries of a life insurance policy were preempted by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), a California federal judge on May 17 granted the insurer's motion to dismiss, while giving the claimants leave to amend (Nicole Cox, et al. v. Reliance Standard Life Insurance Co., No. 1:13-cv-00104, E.D. Calif.; 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 70601).