FYI for all those with insurance claims. I saw this amazing news elsewhere. Bloomberg News,July 4, 2008 by Liane Kufchock, Unum's appeal backfires in Nevada - Jury says $60M must be paid Unum Group and its Worcester-based Paul Revere Life Insurance Co. were ordered by a Nevada jury to pay $60 million after appealing a 2004 verdict of $11.6 million to a venture capitalist who sued over the denial of a disability claim, said a lawyer representing the plaintiff. A six-member jury reconsidered the evidence and decided June 26 that the punitive damages should be six times what the first jury ordered, lawyer Rick Friedman said. Clinton Merrick, a former venture capitalist, alleged that the companies cut off benefit payments a year after he submitted a disability claim with a diagnosis of Lyme disease and chronic fatigue syndrome, Friedman said yesterday in a phone interview. An appellate court upheld the $1.6 million in compensatory damages that Merrick won in the 2004 trial and the retrial focused only on punitive damages. 'This company has been subjected to unprecedented scrutiny from the courts, the media, and government regulators, all of whom have found it improperly handled claims,' Friedman said. 'The verdicts are going to keep on coming until it changes its ways.' Jurors ordered Chattanooga, Tenn.-based Unum, which was in the process of acquiring Paul Revere when the claim was denied, to pay $36 million. The jury said Paul Revere should pay $24 million. Unum will appeal to the 9th U.S. Circuit of Appeals, spokeswoman Mary Clarke Guenther said yesterday in a phone interview. 'We do not believe the verdictwill be sustained,' she said.