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Mealey's Labor & Employment - Judge: Cigna May Not Assert Attorney-Client Privilege Against ERISA Plan Assignee

DALLAS - A health care provider that sued its patients' insurer to recover benefits on their behalf under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act was granted a motion to compel certain communications between the insurer and the patients' plan on Jan. 3, as a Texas federal judge held that the attorney-client privilege could not be invoked against the plaintiff, as the plan beneficiaries' assignee, for plan administration documents (Advanced Physicians S.C. v. Connecticut General Life Insurance Co., et al., No. 3:16-cv-02355, N.D. Texas).
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