No. 08-35866.

600 F.3d 1180 (2010)

Nancy WISE, Plaintiff-Appellant, v. VERIZON COMMUNICATIONS INC., formerly known as GTE, a Delaware corporation; Plan For Group Insurance; Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, a foreign insurer licensed to do business in the State of Washington, Defendants-Appellees.

United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit.

Filed April 8, 2010.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Steven P. Krafchick, Krafchick Law Firm, Seattle, WA, for the plaintiff-appellant.

Timothy J. O'Connell (argued) and Elena C. Burt, Stoel Rives LLP, Seattle, WA, for the defendants-appellees.

Before RONALD M. GOULD and RICHARD C. TALLMAN, Circuit Judges, and ROGER T. BENITEZ, District Judge.

GOULD, Circuit Judge:


Nancy Wise worked for GTE in 1997 when she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Later that year, Wise left GTE to work for another employer, Qwest, where her employee benefits included a long-term disability plan that covered her multiple sclerosis. In 1999, GTE sought to recruit Wise to return to work for GTE, but Wise hesitated to leave Qwest and abandon her benefits coverage without assurances that she would have full benefits...

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