Marantz v. Permanente Med. Grp., Inc., No. 10-1136 (7th Cir. 2012)Annotate this Case
Marantz practiced pulmonary and critical care medicine. In 1997 she underwent surgery for a herniated disc and degenerative disc disease. The surgery did not eliminate her pain. In 1999, she stopped working full time. Through her employment with she received disability coverage from LINA. LINA approved her claim. Additional surgery did not resolve the problem. MRIs revealed degenerative disc disease and spinal stenosis. In 2000 LINA provided funding for Marantz to enroll in an online Masters of Public Health program, for retraining for less-demanding work. In 2001, Marantz began working approximately 20 hours per week for the Illinois Department of Public Health. LINA offset disability benefits and reduced its monthly payment from $7,616 to $5,000 per month. LINA paid benefits for 60 months. In 2004, LINA investigated whether Marantz satisfied the policy’s more stringent definition of disability relevant after the first 60 months: “unable to perform all the material duties of any occupation for which [that worker] may reasonably become qualified based on education, training or experience.” In 2005 LINA terminated benefits, based on a functional capacity evaluation, doctors’ assessments, and surveillance. Marantz sued under the ERISA, 29 U.S.C. 113. The district court entered judgment in the defendants’ favor. The Seventh Circuit affirmed.