No. 97-1983.

140 F.3d 1104 (1998)

Terry L. COZZIE, Plaintiff-Appellant, v. METROPOLITAN LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY, Defendant-Appellee.

United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit.

Decided April 9, 1998.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Russell W. Hartigan, James P. Newman (argued), Chicago, IL, for Plaintiff-Appellant.

Amy K. Posner (argued), Donald J. Harman, Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, Law Department, New York City, for Defendant-Appellee.

Before FLAUM, RIPPLE and EVANS, Circuit Judges.

RIPPLE, Circuit Judge.

Terry L. Cozzie initially filed suit in Illinois Circuit Court in Cook County. She alleged that she was wrongfully denied life insurance benefits as the named beneficiary of a life insurance policy issued by Metropolitan Life Insurance Company ("MetLife"). MetLife removed the action to the district court on the ground that the insurance plan is governed by the provisions of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 ("ERISA"), 29 U...

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