Man sues Edinboro University insurer over denial of death benefits


ERIE, Pa. — The same-sex domestic partner of former Edinboro University official is suing the school and an insurance company, claiming he was wrongly denied his partner’s university life insurance benefits.

Edinboro-UniversityThe Erie Times-News reports that Albert Celec of Boardman, Ohio, is suing the state-owned university and its life insurance provider, Cigna Corp.

Celec claims Cigna refused to pay him $100,000 even though he was listed as beneficiary on a policy held by Philip Ginnetti, the school’s provost and vice president of academic affairs when he died in 2012.

Cigna wouldn’t comment on the lawsuit, and attorneys for the State System of Higher Education have yet to respond to it.

Celec claims Cigna paid the money to Celec’s mother, even though she also wanted Celec to receive the money as her son wished.

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