High Court's DuPont Ruling Clarifies Pension Law

Law360, New York (January 26, 2009, 12:00 AM EST) -- In a decision that attorneys say brings welcome clarity, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled against a woman who claimed that DuPont Co. violated the Employee Retirement Income Security Act by paying pension benefits earned by her deceased father to his ex-wife, holding that the plan administrator properly distributed the benefits in accordance with plan documents.

The nation's highest court issued a unanimous opinion in Kennedy v. Plan Administrator for DuPont Savings and Investment Plan et al., a case that pitted deceased DuPont employee William...
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