Supreme Court Reverses Atty Fee Ruling In ERISA Case

Law360, New York (May 24, 2010, 11:20 AM EDT) -- The U.S. Supreme Court has overturned a federal appellate decision and reinstated attorneys' fees won by a plaintiff in her case against the administrator of her benefits plan, ruling that parties do not need to obtain a favorable judgment to pursue fees stemming from claims pursuant to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act.

In a brief 9-0 decision released Monday, the court rejected defendant Reliance Standard Life Insurance Co.'s argument that Bridget Hardt should be denied fees because she was not a “prevailing party” and never...
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