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United States Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit.

Estelean Jeanette DODGE, Plaintiff-Appellant v. HARTFORD LIFE AND ACCIDENT INSURANCE COMPANY,Defendant-Appellee

No. 17-1417

Decided: February 13, 2018

Before GRUENDER, BOWMAN, and KELLY, Circuit Judges. Estelean Jeanette Dodge, Pro Se Jodi Warmbrod Dishman, McAfee & Taft, Oklahoma City, OK, for Defendant-Appellee


Estelean Jeanette Dodge appeals after the District Court 1 dismissed her complaint alleging that she had been wrongfully denied long-term disability benefits and asserting a claim under the Employment Retirement Income Security Act. The District Court dismissed the complaint under Rule 12(b)(6) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, concluding in a well-reasoned order that the cause of action was time-barred. After de novo review, we conclude that the dismissal was proper for the reasons stated by the District Court.2 See Kelly v. City of Omaha, 813 F.3d 1070, 1075 (8th Cir. 2016) (standard of review).

We affirm the judgment of the District Court. See 8th Cir. R. 47B.


1.   The Honorable Billy Roy Wilson, United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Arkansas.

2.   We decline to consider issues raised for the first time on appeal or documents that were not before the District Court. See Dubinsky v. Mermart, LLC, 595 F.3d 812, 819 (8th Cir. 2010); Griffin v. Super Valu, 218 F.3d 869, 871 (8th Cir. 2000).


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