When Judge Stephen V. Wilson delivered his decision on January 13, 2010, it probably resulted in some mixed feelings for Kelly Lavino. She had hoped for a clear victory in her battle with Metropolitan Life Insurance Company (MetLIfe) to have her long-term disability benefits restored. Instead the judge rendered a decision that may put her at the insurance company’s mercy once again.
Lavino had been a project engineer for Malcolm Pitnie, Inc. One of the benefits of employment included coverage under a short-term and long-term disability plan issued by MetLife. This entitled Lavino, if she became and remained disabled, to long-term disability benefits.