Case Details

CourtNorthern District of Iowa
Docket number1:00-cv-00129
Date case filed2000-08-10
Date case closed2001-08-14
Date of latest filing
Assigned toJudge Michael J Melloy
Case cause29:1132 E.R.I.S.A.-Employee Benefits
Nature of suit791 Labor: E.R.I.S.A.
Jury demandPlaintiff
Demand
JurisdictionFederal Question

Case Parties

Party: Debra Strassser
Party type: Plaintiff
Attorney name: Anne E Updegraff
Attorney Contact:
Peddicord, Wharton, Spencer & Hook, LLP
405 Sixth Avenue
Suite 700
Des Moines, IA 50309
515 243 2100
Fax: 243 2132
Email: [email protected]
LEAD ATTORNEY ATTORNEY TO BE NOTICED

Attorney name: Thomas M Buchanan
Attorney Contact:
Elwood Elwood & Buchanan
423 N. Highland
Box 70
Williamsburg, IA 52361
319 668 1161
Fax: 668 9109
TERMINATED: 11/07/2000 LEAD ATTORNEY ATTORNEY TO BE NOTICED
Party: Unum Life Insurance Company of America
Party type: Defendant
Attorney name: John B Tuffnell
Attorney Contact:
Nyemaster Goode Voigts West Hansell & O'Brien, PC
700 Walnut
Suite 1600
**FAX ATTORNEY
Des Moines, IA 50309
515 283 3100
Fax: 283 8045
LEAD ATTORNEY ATTORNEY TO BE NOTICED

Attorney name: Michael W Thrall
Attorney Contact:
Nyemaster Goode Voigts West Hansell & O'Brien, PC
700 Walnut
Suite 1600
**ECF
Des Moines, IA 50309
515 283 3100
Fax: 283 8045
Email: [email protected]
LEAD ATTORNEY ATTORNEY TO BE NOTICED

Attorney name: Sandra Shannon Livingston
Attorney Contact:
UnumProvident Corporation
2211 Congress Street
Portland, ME 04122
207 575 2211
Fax: 575 3956
LEAD ATTORNEY ATTORNEY TO BE NOTICED

Case Docket

Docket
Item
Date FiledDocument
Available
Short
Description
Long Description
12000-08-10 NOTICE OF REMOVAL w/State Ct documents (Iowa County--ON, Petition at Law, Demand for Jury Trial), (notice, consents, LR16/41 and Rpt form to all counsel); (w/AO #1451 to filing attorney and Fax Letter to all counsel); SCHEDULING REPORT due on 12/28/2000 DSR (Entered: 08/10/2000)
22000-08-10 CERTIFICATION PURSUANT TO L.R. 81.1 STATEMENT by Defendant (RE: Removal Complaint) [1-1] DSR (Entered: 08/10/2000)
32000-08-10 RECEIPT #111801 in the amount of $150.00 DSR (Entered: 08/10/2000)
42000-08-17 ANSWER by Defendant to Removal Complaint [1-1] DSR (Entered: 08/17/2000)
52000-08-17 MOTION by Defendant to Strike Jury Demand (Resist. ddl: 9/6/00) assigned to Judge Michael J. Melloy DSR Modified on 09/05/2000 (Entered: 08/17/2000)
62000-08-17 BRIEF by Defendant in Support of Motion to Strike Jury Demand [5-1] DSR (Entered: 08/17/2000)
72000-08-25 MOTION by Plaintiff for Extension of Time to Resist Dft's Motion to Strike Jury Demand assigned to Chief Mag Judge John A. Jarvey DSR (Entered: 08/25/2000)
82000-09-05 ORDER by Chief Mag Judge John A. Jarvey Granting Motion for Extension of Time to Resist Dft's Motion to Strike Jury Demand [7-1], [5-1]; the plaintiff shall have to and including September 6, 2000, within which to resist the defendant's motion to strike jury demand (cc: all counsel) DSR (Entered: 09/05/2000)
92000-09-06 Plaintiff's RESISTANCE to Defendant's Motion to Strike Jury Demand [5-1] DSR (Entered: 09/06/2000)
102000-09-06 Plaintiff's BRIEF in Support of Resistance to Defendant's Motion to Strike Jury Demand [9-1], [5-1] DSR (Entered: 09/06/2000)
112000-10-12 ORDER by Judge Michael J. Melloy denying motion to Strike Jury Demand [5-1]; to the extent the deft is moving that any state law, common law, or ERISA claims be dismissed as being pre-empted by ERISA, that motion is denied without prejudice. That is an issue that will have to be fully briefed and developed in subsequent pleadings if the deft believes that such an argument has merit (cc: all counsel) MAP (Entered: 10/12/2000)
122000-11-01 ORDER by Chief Mag Judge John A. Jarvey TELEPHONIC CONFERENCE set for 8:30 a.m. on 11/9/2000 w/Judge John A. Jarvey; call will originate from CMJ Jarvey's Chambers, Cedar Rapids (cc: all counsel) DSR (Entered: 11/01/2000)
132000-11-14 SCHEDULING CONFERENCE POSITION STATEMENT of Defendant Unum Life Inusrance Company of America (REQUEST) to Set a Briefing Schedule assigned to Chief Mag Judge John A. Jarvey DSR (Entered: 11/14/2000)
142000-11-15 ORDER by Chief Mag Judge John A. Jarvey: Plaintiff may take two depos of defendant's representatives and they shall be taken by 12/15/00; any motion to amend pleadings shall be filed by 1/2/01; TELEPHONIC STATUS HEARING set for 12:00 on 1/19/01 w/Judge Jarvey from chambers in Cedar Rapids (cc: all counsel) MJJ (Entered: 11/15/2000)
152000-12-06 MOTION by defendant for attorney Sandra Shannon Livingston to appear pro hac vice assigned to Clerk MJJ (Entered: 12/06/2000)
162000-12-06 ORDER granting defendant Unum Life's 12/6/00 motion for attorney Sandra Shannon Livingston to appear pro hac vice [15-1] upon the condition she pay the required admission fee (cc: all counsel) MJJ (Entered: 12/06/2000)
172000-12-14 RECEIPT # 112634 in the amount of $ 30.00 pro hac vice fee for defendant attorney Sandra Shannon Livingston GGC (Entered: 12/14/2000)
182000-12-28 MOTION to amend complaint by plaintiff assigned to Chief Mag Judge John A. Jarvey GGC (Entered: 12/29/2000)
192001-01-17 ORDER by Chief Mag Judge John A. Jarvey STATUS HEARING set for 12:00 1/18/01 w/Judge Jarvey telephonic (cc: all counsel) GGC (Entered: 01/17/2001)
202001-01-18 ORDER by Chief Mag Judge John A. Jarvey granting motion to amend complaint [18-1] BRIEFING SCHEDULE DDL 5/21/01 Defendant's counsel shall file record considered by the plan administrator by March 1, 2001; Plaintiff's depositions due March 1, 2001; Plaintiff's brief due March 15,2001; defendant's brief due May 1, 2001 (cc: all counsel) GGC (Entered: 01/18/2001)
212001-01-18 AMENDED AND SUBSTITUTED COMPLAINT by plaintiff GGC (Entered: 01/18/2001)
222001-02-08 ANSWER by defendant to amended complaint [21-1] GGC (Entered: 02/08/2001)
232001-03-01 NOTICE of Filing Depositions of Kristie Charett and Tracey Mowatt by plaintiff (HOUSED SEPARATELY) GGC Modified on 03/01/2001 (Entered: 03/01/2001)
242001-03-15 MOTION by plaintiff to exceed page limitation re brief assigned to Clerk GGC (Entered: 03/16/2001)
252001-03-16 ORDER by Clerk granting motion to exceed page limitation re brief [24-1] (cc: all counsel) GGC (Entered: 03/16/2001)
262001-03-15 BRIEF FILED by plaintiff in support of appeal of defendant Unum's Denial of Benefits [1-1] GGC (Entered: 03/16/2001)
272001-03-15 AFFIDAVIT of Jeff Smith filed by plaintiff re brief [26-1] GGC (Entered: 03/16/2001)
282001-04-30 MOTION by defendant to extend time to file brief assigned to Clerk GGC (Entered: 04/30/2001)
292001-04-30 ORDER by Clerk granting motion to extend time to file brief [28-1] (cc: all counsel) GGC (Entered: 04/30/2001)
302001-05-08 NOTICE of Filing Administrative Record by defendant Unum Life Ins Co (Administrative Record Housed Separately) DGE (Entered: 05/08/2001)
312001-05-08 MOTION by defendant Unum Life Ins Co to extend time to file brief assigned to Chief Mag Judge John A. Jarvey DGE (Entered: 05/08/2001)
322001-05-10 ORDER by Chief Mag Judge John A. Jarvey granting motion to extend [31-1] DISPOSITIVE MOTION FILING DDL 5/15/01 ; briefs and arguments due 5/15/01 (cc: all counsel) GGC (Entered: 05/10/2001)
332001-05-15 MOTION by defendant Unum Life Ins Co for judgment upholding the ERISA Plan Administrator's Decision assigned to Judge Michael J. Melloy DGE (Entered: 05/15/2001)
342001-05-15 BRIEF FILED by defendant Unum Life Ins Co re motion for judgment [33-1] DGE (Entered: 05/15/2001)
352001-05-15 AFFIDAVIT of Michael L. Rehberg filed by defendant re motion for judgment [33-1] DGE (Entered: 05/15/2001)
362001-05-15 MOTION by defendant Unum Life Ins Co for leave to file overlength brief assigned to Clerk DGE (Entered: 05/15/2001)
372001-05-15 ORDER by Clerk granting motion for leave to file overlength brief [36-1] (cc: all counsel) DGE (Entered: 05/15/2001)
382001-06-01 Plaintiff's Reply BRIEF in response to defendant's brief re: Appeal of Unum's denial of benefits GGC (Entered: 06/04/2001)
392001-08-14 ORDER Plaintiff's appeal of defendant UNUM's denial of benefits is denied; Dismissing Case (cc: all counsel) GGC Modified on 08/15/2001 (Entered: 08/14/2001)
402001-08-14 JUDGMENT: Plaintiff's appeal of defendant UNUM's denial of benefits is denied terminating case JUDGMENT BOOK 22 ENTRY 18 (cc: all counsel) GGC Modified on 08/15/2001 (Entered: 08/14/2001)