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9th Circuit rules that Sun Life owes attorneys' fees in ERISA case
October 31, 2017 / 11:46 PM / 24 days ago

9th Circuit rules that Sun Life owes attorneys' fees in ERISA case

A federal appeals court on Tuesday ruled that a Canadian life insurance company must pay a disability benefits plan’s attorneys’ fees for defending an earlier fee award on appeal.

A unanimous three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a California federal judge’s decision that had denied a disability plan’s bid for fees from Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada Inc in a Employee Retirement Income Security Act lawsuit, saying the judge should have looked at the entire course of litigation and not just the company’s conduct during the appeal.

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