SAN FRANCISCO – A former The Littler Mendelson employee alleges she was wrongfully denied disability benefits.
Christolyn Shepard filed a complaint on April 20 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California against Aetna Life Insurance Co. and The Littler Mendelson PC Long-Term Disability Plan, citing breach of contract and violation of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act.
According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on Aug. 25, 2009, she became disabled and was eligible for plan benefits according to the terms and conditions of the long-term disability plan. The plaintiff holds Aetna Life Insurance Co. and The Littler Mendelson PC Long-Term Disability Plan responsible because the defendants allegedly denied plaintiff's benefit claims and appeals despite her meeting all the requirements as defined by the plan's terms and condition.
The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks payment of disability benefits up to and including date of judgment, immediate payment of all past due benefits, payment of benefits to plaintiff as long as she remains disabled under the terms of the plan, interest, all legal fees and any other relief as the court deems just. She is represented by Glenn R. Kantor, Corinne Chandler and Andrew M. Kantor of Kantor & Kantor LLP in Northridge.
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California Case number 3:16-cv-02088