The U.S. Supreme Court has taken up a case that could affect how federal courts apply statutes of limitations to cases involving group disability plan benefits decisions.
Julie Heimeshoff, the appellant in the case Heimeshoff vs. Hartford Life and Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (Case Number 12-729), worked in public relations at Wal-Mart. In August 2005, she filed a group long-term disability (LTD) insurance claim, saying that she was unable to work due to lupus and due to pain from fibromyalgia.
Heimeshoff also argued that Hartford Life should have explained the time limits for filing a civil action in its denial-of-benefits letters.
The district court ruled in favor Hartford Life and Wal-Mart and dismissed the suit in January 2012.