News & Updates

D.S. Erickson & Associates, PLLC congratulates Gregory E. Hanson who has been named a 2017 Rising Star by Super Lawyers Magazine. Every year Super Lawyers selects attorneys from throughout the United States and London from all firm sizes and over 70 practice areas. The prestigious Rising Star honor awards top attorneys who qualify for the Super Lawyer designation, but are also under the age of 40 or have been practicing law for less than 10 years.  Only 2.5% of lawyers in each state are included in the Rising Star list. 


Mr. Hanson's work in the firm's Creditor Rights, Workers' Compensation, and Estate Planning and Administration practice areas along with his generous pro bono service has earned him this prestigious accolade.  Congratulations to Gregory E. Hanson!  See Mr. Hanson's Rising Star profile here

Timothy Henkel successfully represented the interests of one of the firm's healthcare system clients in Federal Bankruptcy Court in the District of Arizona.  In the case, a patient received substantial healthcare services, assigned his insurance benefits to the healthcare provider in exchange for those servces, and then retained over $155,000.00 of insurance proceeds paid directly to him by his health insurance provider.  The patient sought to discharge the entire $200,000.00 debt owed to the healthcare provider in his personal Chapter 7 bankrputcy proceedings.  Timothy Henkel filed an Adversary Proceeding against the patient seeking to except from discharge the $155,000.00 poriton of the debt representing the insurance proceeds assigned to the healthcare provider but retained by the patient.  See the Court's opinion granting the relief requested by the healthcare provider here.  



The United States Justice Department has sued to block the merger of Aetna and Humana, as well as Anthem and Cigna.  Read the story here.  

A California hospital has sued UnitedHealth Group, Inc. and its subsidiaries, alleging that the insurer wrongfully denied claims for health care services that were covered under patients' ERISA health care plans.  Read the story here.

The United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a case in which once again the issue is whether a Plaintiff has standing to sue when they have suffered no "actual" harm.  The case may have major implications for many federal statutes, including the FCRA and FDCPA, where congress provides for a damages provisions based solely on a violation of the statute and not on actual harm caused to an individual.  Read the article here.  

D.S. Erickson & Associates proactively represents businesses in commercial disputes, as well as entity formation, contracts and other transactional matters. The insurance litigation practice is a unique and distinct practice committed to assisting healthcare providers in contract claim disputes involving large health insurance entities. The creditor rights (collection law) practice is dedicated to the professional, efficient and effective recovery of client receivables. Individual clients receive personalized and diligent tax and estate planning, as well as immigration, business interest and other personal representation.