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Court of Appeals Rules Against Reliance Standard Life Insurance Company and Upholds an Award of Disability Insurance Benefits Under ERISA Policy, Costs, and Attorneys' Fees.

In a recent case, Marcin v. Reliance Standard Life Insurance Company and Mitre Corporation Long Term Disability Insurance Program, No. 16-7125, __F.3d__, 2017 WL 2818648 (D.C. Cir. June 30, 2017), the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, ruled against Reliance Standard Life Insurance Company and upheld an award of benefits, costs, and attorneys' fees under an ERISA governed disability insurance policy for a claimant, Jill Marcin. Ms. Marcin suffers from multiple medical conditions including kidney cancer, portal vein thrombosis, Factor V Leiden (a mutation of one of the clotting factors in the blood called factor V which, increases the chance of developing abnormal blood clots, usually in the veins - including pulmonary embolisms), splenorenal shunt, polycystic ovarian syndrome, and anemia.

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