Mealey's Labor & Employment - Denial Of Death Benefits Under Pension Plan Was Reasonable, 2nd Circuit Holds

Mealey's Labor & Employment - Denial Of Death Benefits Under Pension Plan Was Reasonable, 2nd Circuit Holds

NEW YORK - A pension plan did not violate the Employee Retirement Income Security Act by denying death benefits because the plan's interpretation of the plan as providing death benefits only if the decedent had surviving dependents or a spouse was reasonable, the Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals affirmed March 27 in an unpublished order (Richard Varney v. Verizon Communications, Inc., et al., No. 13-1635, 2nd Cir.; 2014 U.S. App. LEXIS 5593).

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