Lisa Pakovich and her former employer’s long-term disability plan had been in and out of court for almost five years when Judge Michael Reagan listened to arguments between Pakovich’s disability attorneys and Verizon Long-term Disability Plan on March 24, 2010. It was the third time he had considered this case in less than a year. He’s not the first judge to consider Pakovich’s claim. Three U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit judges heard arguments in Pakovich v. Broadspire Services, Inc., 535 F. 3d 601 in April 2008. The decision rendered on July 25, 2008 has been cited in a number of decisions that have involved disability insurance claims since then.
The matter before Judge Reagan this time was which side’s motion for summary judgment should be granted by the Court. In order to prepare a fair memorandum and order, a review of the history of Pakovich’s claim, while redundant to the Judge, remained important to a decision that could stand as a separate document.