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BENITEZ v. N. COAST WOMEN'S CARE MEDICAL GROUP, INC., D040094

State claims are not preempted by ERISA if the claims are against a non-ERISA entity medical services provider for declination to provide medical treatment to an ERISA plan participant for nonmedical reasons other than plan eligibility or plan administration considerations.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 03/04/2003
  • Published 03/04/2003

Judges

  • McDONALD, J.

Court

  • California Court of Appeal

Counsel

  • For Appellant:
  •  Law Office of Albert C. Gross and Albert C. Gross, for Plaintiff and Appellant., Stroock & Stroock & Lavan, Lisa M. Simonetti, Los Angeles, Heather A. McConnell;  Jennifer C. Pizer, New York City, and Phillip Mendelsohn, Los Angeles, for Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, Inc., California Women's Law Center and National Health Law Program as Amici Curiae on behalf of Plaintiff and Appellant.

  • For Appellees:
  •  DiCaro, Coppo & Popcke, Carlo Coppo and Gabriele M. Prater, San Diego, for Defendants and Respondents., Brad W. Dacus and Roger G. Ho, for Pacific Justice Institute as Amicus Curiae on behalf of Defendants and Respondents.
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