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Met Life Sues Two Widows of Building Worker With ERISA Claims Before SDNY Judge Liman

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, June 15 – Jose Luis Lopez has in the Buildings Services 32 B-J union and its ERISA health fund when he died.

 Then Met Life sued two women in The Bronx, to determine to whom to pay his benefits.

Met Life wrote, "upon information and belief, Thelma Lopez was either the wife or ex-wife of the decedent" and "upon information and belief Maria Solenilda Severino was the wife of the Decedent." 

 On June 2, Met Life's counsel wrote to U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge Lewis J. Liman that "both Ms. Servino and Ms. Lopez only speak Spanish. Accordingly, a translator is necessary for the defendants."  

Judge Liman replied in his endorsement that "The Court does not have the ability to provide interpreters to litigants in civil cases except to litigants who are deaf, hearing-impaired, or have other communications disabilities."

 He referred to NYLAG and the SDNY Interpreters Office.  On June 15 Judge Liman held a proceeding, and Inner City Press covered it. There was discussion of divorce.

At issue are some $52,000, now in an interest bearing account.

The case is Metropolitan Life Insurance Company v. Lopez et al., 20-cv-1076 (Liman). 


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