Not All Plans Can Establish a Shortened Limitations Period for Filing a Lawsuit
A federal district court prohibited a fully insured plan from establishing a deadline for bringing a claim that was shorter than the state imposed deadline. The long term disability plan was insured under Wisconsin law but attempted to impose a shorter deadline for bringing claims than the three year period allowed under Wisconsin insurance law. The court held that Wisconsin law precluded an insurance company from using a shorter limitations period and that Wisconsin’s three year statute of limitation period applied.
Lundsten v. Creative Commun. Living Services, Inc., LTD Plan, No. 13-C-108 (E.D. Wis. Aug. 20, 2015)