The U.S. Supreme Court has shown an interest in a group long-term disability insurance discretionary clause case.
The court has asked Paul Clement, the solicitor general of the United States, to file a brief expressing his views on the case, MetLife et al. vs. Wanda Glenn.
The solicitor general is the U.S. Justice Department official who represents the United States in cases before the Supreme Court.
The Supreme Court issues “calls for the views of the solicitor general” for only about 10 to 20 cases per year, according to a discussion of the practice written by lawyers at Morrison & Foerster L.L.P., San Francisco.
A representative for MetLife Inc., New York, declined to comment on the MetLife case.
The MetLife case concerns Wanda Glenn, a former retail store sales manager who went on disability leave after she developed an enlarged heart muscle and her cardiologist said she could no longer handle the stress related to full-time work.
A unit of MetLife acted both as the group LTD plan insurer and the plan administrator, and it helped Glenn apply successfully for Social Security Disability Income benefits.