Dickens v. Aetna Life Ins. Co., No. 11-1434 (4th Cir. 2012)Annotate this Case
Plaintiff filed suit in state court pursuant to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA), 29 U.S.C. 1001 et seq., after Aetna terminated his long-term disability benefits under his employer-sponsored plan. Both parties moved for summary judgment, which the district court denied, concluding that relevant evidence had not been adequately addressed, and remanded the case. On appeal, the court held that the collateral order doctrine did not apply in this case and the court dismissed based on lack of subject matter jurisdiction because there was no final decision.