1/4/2009, Appeals court rules against Unum Group


But the New York-based appeals court found that in light of a 2008 U.S. Supreme Court decision regarding plans governed by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, Unum was operating under a conflict of interest. In Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. et al. vs. Wanda Glenn, the Supreme Court ruled in 2008 that lower courts should consider an insurer’s potential conflict of interest when reviewing employee benefit denial cases where the insurer is the claims administrator and the benefits payer…

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