SAN FRANCISCO – A former Jazz Pharmaceuticals employee has filed suit against her insurance company seeking long-term disability benefits.
Lisa Gallegos filed a class-action lawsuit on March 15 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California against The Prudential Insurance Co. of America and Does 1-20, citing violation of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act.
According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that she became disabled in 2014 due to systemic lupus erythematosus. She alleges the defendant approved her benefits from March 2015 to April 2015, then terminated them. The plaintiff holds the defendants responsible because they allegedly terminated the plaintiff's plan benefits based on the biased opinion of medical consultants.
The plaintiff seeks the following: an order that she is entitled to receive benefits under the policy, all legal fees and any other relief as this court deems just and proper. She is represented by Terrence J. Coleman and Michael J. Quirk of Pillsbury & Coleman LLP in San Francisco.
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California Case number 5:16-cv-01268-HRL