Wade v. Aetna Life Ins. Co., No. 11-3295 (8th Cir. 2012)Annotate this Case
Aetna Life Insurance Company, as the plan administrator, determined Sharon Wade was no longer disabled and stopped paying long-term disability benefits from Wade's former employer's welfare benefit plan. Wade sought judicial review of Aetna's decision by filing a civil action under ERISA. The district court granted summary judgment in favor of Aetna, concluding that Aetna did not abuse its discretion in terminating Wade's benefits because substantial evidence supported the decision. The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed, holding that the district court (1) applied the appropriate standard of review; (2) gave appropriate weight to the Social Security Administration's grant of long-term disability benefits to Wade; and (3) did not abuse its discretion by determining substantial evidence supported Aetna's termination of benefits.