Williams Mullen LLP: 4th Circuit Upholds Plan Administrator's Interpretation To Deny Disabled Doctor's Benefits Claim

By Mark S. Thomas and Robert W. Shaw The U. S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit upheld a plan administrator's interpretation of a long term disability plan and affirmed the denial of a disabled physician's claim for benefits in Fortier v. Principal Life Insurance Company , No. 10-1441...

Williams Mullen: Corporate Spin-Off, New Retirement Plan Did Not Violate Employees’ Rights Under ERISA

Nauman v. Abbott Laboratories , No. 10-2272 (7th Cir. February 3, 2012) B y Mark S. Thomas and Robert W. Shaw The U. S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has affirmed a trial judgment against a class of former employees of Abbott Laboratories ("Abbott"), ruling against their...

Williams Mullen: Fiduciary Not Liable For Money Damages In Action To Recover Death Benefits: Stocks v. Life Ins. Co. Of North America

B y Mark S. Thomas and Robert W. Shaw A federal district court recently applied the U. S. Supreme Court's decision in CIGNA Corp. v. Amara (2011) [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ], in a practical setting that illuminates both the range and the limits of the Supreme Court's...