High Court will not hear widow’s claim for insurance benefits

By Abby Wargo (May 23, 2022, 5:49 p.m. EDT) — The U.S. Supreme Court said Monday it will not hear the widow of a National Oilwell Varco LP employee’s challenge to the fifth circuit that ended its life insurance offering.

The high court denied Erica Talasek’s motion for a writ of certiorari to overturn the Fifth Circuit’s October 2021 denial of her claim for supplemental life insurance benefits. Talasek had asked the court in March 2021 to decide whether benefits governed by the Employees Retirement Income Security Act that are misrepresented could be fought with estoppel claims.

Talasek said in his motion for certiorari that the issue…

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