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Berg Plummer Johnson & Raval LLP Nominated as Finalist in 2019 Elite Trial Lawyers Award

By Amar Raval June 4, 2019 Posted in News & Events

Berg Plummer Johnson & Raval has been nominated as a finalist for the 2019 Elite Trial Lawyers. Editors and reporters from ALM and The National Law Journal reviewed more than 300 submissions...

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Court in Fifth Circuit Applies De Novo Review in Long Term Disability Case

By Amar Raval May 20, 2019 Posted in News & Events

At Berg Plummer Johnson & Raval, we monitor cases that affect our clients’ rights, including those involving long term disability claims. The following case shows how the Fifth Circuit’s new...

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When is an Appeal Too Late?

By Amar Raval February 26, 2019 Posted in Blog

When is the deadline to file an appeal for a disability claim? What happens when an appeal of a disability claim is filed after the deadline? What triggers the deadline? Many times, these questions...

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Why Government Plans Are Exempt From ERISA

By Amar Raval January 10, 2019 Posted in Blog

While ERISA has a broad scope, it doesn't affect every single employee benefit plan or claim. If you are a government employee, your claim may not be subject to ERISA, giving you the full range of...

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Proton Therapy Treatment Approved After Insurer Initially Denied Claim

By Amar Raval December 31, 2018 Posted in Blog, News & Events

At Berg Plummer Johnson & Raval, we have represented clients whose claims for proton therapy treatment have been denied. Whether you have been denied coverage for proton therapy treatment or...

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Fifth Circuit Explains Breach of Fiduciary Remedies and Need for Complete Plan Documents

By Amar Raval October 5, 2018 Posted in Blog

An important case out of the Fifth Circuit issued earlier this week outlines several issues related to ERISA. However, we want to highlight its explanation of the scope of ERISA’s equitable...

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Mississippi Judge Finds “Decades-Long” Pattern of Misconduct by Reliance Standard in Disability Cases

By Amar Raval July 19, 2018 Posted in Blog

A judge in the Southern District of Mississippi found a “decades-long pattern of arbitrary claim denials and other misdeeds” by Reliance Standard in long term disability cases[1]. The facts of the...

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Fifth Circuit Court Reverses the Denial of Accidental Death Insurance Benefits in a West Nile Virus Case

April 30, 2018 Posted in Blog

On March 22, 2018, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals — in Wells v. Minnesota Life Insurance Co., where the defendant-insurer denied accidental death coverage to the plaintiff under her husband’s...

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Fifth Circuit Court Overrules the Abuse of Discretion Standard in ERISA Denial of Benefits Cases

March 23, 2018 Posted in Blog

On March 1, 2018, the en banc Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals — in Ariana M. v. Humana, an ERISA health benefits case where the plan administrator denied benefits — ruled in favor of our plan...

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What Constitutes Material Breach in Texas?

February 28, 2018 Posted in Blog

Determining whether a contract has been breached is fundamental to business disputes in Texas and elsewhere.  Oftentimes, breach of contract is not intended by either party.  In fact, the contract...

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