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Patterson v. Reliance Stdandard Life Insurance Co.

United States District Court, C.D. California

December 4, 2013

SUSAN PATTERSON, Plaintiff,
v.
RELIANCE STANDARD LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY; REDLANDS COMMUNITY HOSPITAL VOLUNTARY GROUP LIFE INSURANCE PLAN, Defendants

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For Susan Patterson, Plaintiff: Alan E Kassan, Kantor and Kantor, Northridge, CA; Glenn R Kantor, Rhonda Harris Buckner, Kantor and Kantor LLP, Northridge, CA.

For Reliance Standard Life Insurance Company, Defendant: Linda Marie Lawson, LEAD ATTORNEY, James J Moak, Allison Anne Vana, Meserve Mumper and Hughes LLP, Los Angeles, CA.

For Redlands Community Hospital Voluntary Group Life Insurance Plan, Defendant: Martin J Smith, LEAD ATTORNEY, Charles F Barker, Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton, Los Angeles, CA; Won Bin Kim, Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP, Los Angeles, CA.

OPINION

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ORDER GRANTING PLAINTIFF'S MOTION FOR SUMMARY ADJUDICATION

Jesus G. Bernal, United States District Judge.

Before the Court is Plaintiff's Motion for Summary Adjudication to Establish Defendant Reliance Standard Life Insurance Company's Liability to Pay Benefits. (Doc. No. 19.) After considering the papers timely filed and the arguments presented at the November 18, 2013 hearing, the Court GRANTS Plaintiff's Motion for Summary Adjudication.

I. BACKGROUND

A. Procedural Background

Plaintiff Susan Patterson filed her Complaint on February 1, 2013 naming Reliance Standard Life Insurance Company (" Reliance Standard" ) and Redlands Community Hospital Voluntary Group Life Insurance Plan as Defendants. (Doc. No. 1.) On September 30, 2013, the Court approved the parties' stipulation to file the First Amended Complaint (" FAC" ). (Doc. Nos. 17, 18.) On October 30, 2013, Reliance Standard and Redlands Hospital filed their respective answers. (Doc. Nos. 30, 31.)

Plaintiff filed her Motion for Summary Adjudication on October 17, 2013. (Doc. No. 19.) In support of her Motion, Plaintiff filed:

o Plaintiff's Statement of Uncontroverted, Material Facts (" Pl. SUF," Doc. No. 19-2);
o Declaration of Glenn R. Kantor (" Kantor Decl.," Doc. No. 20); and
o Declaration of Alan E. Kassan (" Kassan Decl.," Doc. No. 21) attaching Exhibit 1.

On October 28, 2013, Reliance Standard filed its Opposition to Plaintiff's Motion. (Doc. No. 26.) In support of its ...


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