SACRAMENTO – An insurance firm is seeking the court's help to determine the beneficiary of a life insurance policy.
Metropolitan Life Insurance filed a complaint in interpleader on April 18 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California against Selena Sanchez, Haydee Arias Sanchez and minors A.J.S. and A.J.
According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that decedent Neal Sanchez was enrolled in his employer's life and disability program, which included life insurance issued by the plaintiff. The suit states Neal Sanchez died in July 2015, and that all of the defendants have made claims to his benefits. Due to a technical error on behalf of the decedent's employer, the plaintiff alleges it cannot determine the beneficiary of the plan.
The plaintiff seeks to restrain and enjoin the defendants from instituting any action against plaintiff or the plan for recovery, requiring the defendants to settle between themselves their claims for the remaining plan benefits plus interest, permit plaintiff to pay the remaining plan benefits plus any interest dismissing plaintiff from any further liability, all legal fees and any other relief as the court deems just. It is represented by Misty A. Murray of Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP in Los Angeles and James A. Hazlehurst of Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP in Irvine.
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California Case number 2:16-cv-00787-MCE-AC