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Court rejects disability Insurer's attempt to hide behind ERISA

A Louisiana court recently rejected a long term disability insurer's attempts to hide behind the protections afforded insurance companies by ERISA. In Gulf Coast Plastic Surgery v Standard Insurance Co. the Court determined that a claim that the insurance agent failed to increase the policy limits despite the doctors request and the agent's promise was not preempted by ERISA. Rather, it was a simple negligence claim, even though it involved an ERISA policy.

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