Employee Policyholder v. Insurance Agent
I successfully represented an insurance agent who had been sued for misrepresentation in selling an employee benefit plan to a small business. The plan included disability and life insurance benefits. When an employee sought substantial benefits beyond those set forth in the policy, I filed and argued a motion to dismiss, invoking contract law and the ERISA statute, which required benefits to be described in writing, preempting common law misrepresentation claims. I thus obtained a dismissal of claims from state court due to exclusive federal jurisdiction over the alleged claims for benefits beyond those set forth in the written ERISA plan.