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Civil Partner is not Spouse and Not Eligible to Collect Workers Comp Death Benefit

December 28, 2007

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A NY appellate court has ruled in Matter of Langan v. State Farm that a partner to a civil union is not a marital spouse and therefore not eligible to collect death benefits as a surviving spouse under NY's Workers Compensation Law. The court ruled that a civil union - although a recognized legal relationship - is not a marriage and any change in the awarding of workers compensation benefits is for the Legislature to decide.

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