In Waggeh v. Guardian Life Ins. Co. of Am., 2023 WL 4373897 (D. Mass. July 6, 2023), Chief Judge Saylor of the District of Massachusetts rejected the plaintiff’s contention that her state law claims “fell outside the provisions of ERISA,” and dismissed the complaint on the grounds that they were preempted by ERISA. In support of its motion to dismiss, Guardian offered an affidavit disputing the assertions in the complaint, but did not include a copy of the policy or the plan with the affidavit. While the court ultimately dismissed the complaint, Guardian’s affidavit was not considered — emphasizing the importance of governing documents.
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