A New York and New Jersey Lawyer Who Represents Policyholders and Beneficiaries in Life Insurance Denial Cases

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I’m always on the lookout for good book recommendations. If you haven’t already, I suggest you pick up a copy of┬áJustice by Professor Michael Sandel of Harvard University. He’s a renowned political philosopher with a communitarian bent, and the book emerged from his extremely popular undergraduate course at Harvard of the same name. Justice provides […]

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Million Dollar Baby

The Washington Post reports that three life insurance companies issued policies for total amount of over $500,000 on the life of a 15-month-old who was allegedly drowned by his father. One policy issued by Mass Mutual was reportedly for $443,000. The police have asserted that father obtained the policies as part of a horrific scheme […]

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The most newsworthy life insurance cases are those involving allegations of foul play of some type: a person killed for the life insurance money, or a change of beneficiary from a family member to a lover just prior to death. A recent article from New Mexico falls in this category, but it has a unique […]

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Sometimes I am contacted by prospective clients who inquire about their legal rights against the insurance company and agent who sold them a cash-value life insurance policy that has not performed like they expected or were led to believe. These policies, often known as “whole” or “universal” life insurance, are designed to build up a […]

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An interesting case, Halberstam v. The United States Life Insurance Company in the City of New York, came down the pike from the Brooklyn state supreme court holding that even though an imposter submitted to a life insurance examination, the policy was nonetheless valid. A $5 million policy was purchased by the Leo G. Family […]

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A heartwarming story comes out of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan about a jury verdict that awarded a $2 million policy to an elderly widow after the life insurance company, United of Omaha, declared the policy to have lapsed when she and her husband failed to make a timely premium payment while he was dying in the […]

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The New York Times reports that MetLife, the largest life insurance company in America, is now the third major insurer to settle claims that it failed to properly track the deaths of its insureds, keeping millions in premiums for its own financial gain. MetLife has agreed to pay a number of states a total amount […]

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I read an article about STOLI policies that provides an interesting perspective on the secondary life insurance market. To the uninitiated, Stranger Originated Life Insurance (STOLI) policies are those where investors approach people (usually the elderly) to purchase life insurance policies. The investors pay the insured a sum of money to take ownership of the […]

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The Wall Street Journal recently reported that two of the largest life insurance companies in the U.S., MetLife and Prudential, have been sued for over $1 billion due to unclaimed life insurance policies they avoided handing over to the Illinois abandoned-property department. The plaintiff is Total Asset Recovery Services LLC of Auburn Hills, Michigan, a […]

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Pay Me Two Times, Baby

A widow who tried to collect twice on the same life insurance policy was shut down by a federal district court in Manhattan. The case is Dillon v. Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, 09-civ-7958 (SDNY Dec. 28, 2011). The plaintiff’s husband, when he contracted cancer, was insured under a group life insurance policy with his employer […]

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