Hillman v. Maretta
|Docket No.||Op. Below||Argument||Opinion||Vote||Author||Term|
|11-1221||Va. S. Ct.||
Apr 22, 2013
|Jun 3, 2013||9-0||Sotomayor||OT 2012|
Holding: The Federal Employees’ Group Life Insurance Act (FEGLIA), which establishes a life insurance program for federal employees, allows an employee to designate a beneficiary to receive the proceeds of the policy when the employee dies. That law preempts a Virginia law that allows the family of a deceased employee to sue the designated beneficiary for the proceeds if the beneficiary happens to be the employee’s former spouse.
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Judgment: Affirmed, 9-0, in an opinion by Justice Sotomayor on June 3, 2013. Justice Scalia joins the opinion except as to footnote 4. Justice Thomas and Justice Alito filed opinions concurring in the judgment.
- Opinion analysis: States can’t override federal employees’ life insurance designations (Tejinder Singh)
- Argument recap: Looking for the less wrong answer (Tejinder Singh)
- Argument preview: Divorce, death, and preemption (Tejinder Singh)
- Petition of the day (Matthew Bush)