A federal judge recently sided with a widow who was denied her late husband’s life insurance benefits as the beneficiary, finding Tufts Medical Center Physicians Organization Inc. and its human resources department may have been obligated to fully provide her with information to avoid a lapse in coverage.

The plaintiff, Lisa Erban, sued TMCPO, along with its human resource director, Nicolas Martin, alleging that they breached their fiduciary duty in violation of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act when she was denied basic life and supplement life insurances benefits as the beneficiary.