Federal Judge Orders Unum To Produce Witnesses For Deposition

Calling Unum’s history of biased claims administration regrettable, a federal judge in the Southern District of New York authorized a disabled insured under an ERISA long term disability plan to take up to three depositions and to obtain documents from the insurance giant.

In addressing Unum’s strenuous objections to discovery in the case, the court spent a great deal of time analyzing the reasons why discovery should be afforded the aggrieved claimant in light of Unum’s objectionable claims administration track record. Citing to U.S. Supreme Court precedent in Glenn v. MetLife, where the high court referred to Unum’s history of biased claim administration, Federal Judge Engelmayer refused to take Unum’s word that it had corrected its ways.

Tretola v. First Unum Life Ins. Co., 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 84003

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