A federal court ruling Monday will allow four lawsuits to continue against UnumProvident.
The plaintiffs in each of the suits charge that the insurance company routinely refused to pay disability claims, forcing policyholders to go to court and appeal before they could receive a payment.
UnumProvident tried to be dismissed as a defendant in the cases by arguing that it was simply the parent company and not directly responsible for the decisions. But those requests were denied by U.S. Magistrate Judge Margaret Kravchuk in Portland.
UnumProvident has been fined and investigated in several states for what critics allege is a practice of avoiding payment of medical claims. Hundreds of individuals have sued the company in courts all over the country.