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Federal District Court Validates Insurer’s Retention of Policy Proceeds Until Receiving Proof of Death

by Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP - Washington Office

August 26, 2013

Previously published on August 22, 2013

On August 20, 2013, the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts dismissed a putative class action over an insurer’s alleged failure to timely pay life insurance policy death benefits to beneficiaries. Feingold v. John Hancock Life Insurance Co., No. 1:13-cv-10185-JLT (D. Mass.). In granting the insurer’s motion to dismiss, the court affirmed the insurer’s practice of requiring life insurance policy beneficiaries to submit proof of death before making any payments under the policy at issue.


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