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Santana-Diaz v. Metropolitan Life Ins. Co., 15-1273

In a case under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA), 29 U.S.C. sections 1001-1461, challenging the dismissal of the suit as time-barred, the district court's judgment is reversed where: 1) ERISA requires a plan administrator in its denial of benefits letter to inform a claimant of not only his right to bring a civil action, but also the plan-imposed time limit for doing so; and 2) because defendant violated this regulatory obligation, the limitations period in this case was rendered inapplicable, and plaintiff's suit was therefore timely filed.

Appellate Information

  • Decided
  • Published 2016/03/14




  • United States First Circuit


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