Eleventh Circuit Affirms Summary Judgment In ERISA Disability Case

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In a significant decision affecting the Firm’s group disability insurance clients, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a summary judgment in favor of the insurer in a suit for ERISA disability benefits. The claimant argued she was totally disabled by virtue of her chronic migraine headaches but failed to produce any objective documentation of her condition. The Court of Appeals rejected her contention that it was wrong for the administrator to require objective proof of a disability that was primarily subjective in nature and held that the decision to deny benefits was not arbitrary or capricious as a matter of law. The case was handled in the trial court and on appeal by Firm member, David Schmidt. (2006 WL 2220822; 11th Cir., August 4, 2006.)

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David F. Schmidt

Don Murday Presented at the Eastern Claims Conference

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Don Murday spoke at the 2006 Eastern Claims Conference held at the Waldorf Astoria, New York City on February 26-28, 2006. The topic of the presentation was: “Edison’s Legacy for Litigation: The Evolution of Electronic Evidence and Discovery”. See attached article.

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Bill Chittenden Named 2006 “Super Lawyer”

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Chittenden, Murday & Novotny LLC proudly announces that Law & Politics Magazine and the publishers of Chicago Magazine have named Bill Chittenden a 2006 “Super Lawyer.” The process began with thousands of ballots sent to attorneys across the State of Illinois asking them to nominate the best lawyers they had “personally observed.” A panel of recognized top lawyers in the commercial/business litigation practice area was assembled to review the nominations and evaluation criteria. Through this process, the panel identified the nominees with the highest scroes. The attorneys chosen represent the top 5% of attorneys in the State of Illinois.

 

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William A. Chittenden, III

Don Murday Presented at the Association of Life Insurance Counsel

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Don Murday spoke at the annual meeting of the Association of Life Insurance Counsel held at The Greenbrier in West Virginia in May 2005. The topic of the presentation was: “Edison’s Legacy for Litigation: The Evolution of Electronic Evidence and Discovery.” See attached article.

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Don Murday Presented at the ACC Indiana Chapter

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Don Murday spoke at the Association of Corporate Counsel Indiana Chapter in August 2005 in Indianapolis. The topics of the presentation were: “Lawyers Without Borders: The New Era of Multijurisdictional Practice,” and “Edison’s Legacy for Litigation: The Evolution of Electronic Evidence and Discovery”. See attached article.

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