Misrepresentation by Insurer and/or Agent
A recent case involving former General Motors workers stands out as an example of attempts to allege misrepresentation on the part of an insurer. Metropolitan Life Insurance Company (“MetLife”) issued the employees’ group life insurance policy and periodically sent letters to plan participants advising them of the status of their benefits. GM reduced the plaintiffs’ continuing life insurance benefits as part of its 2009 Chapter 11 reorganization. In Haviland v. Metropolitan Life Insurance Co., the plan recipients sued MetLife because they wanted the benefits they had been entitled to before the bankruptcy. The district court granted MetLife’s motion to dismiss.
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