6th Circ. Nixes Eaton Worker's Disability Benefit Appeal

Law360, New York (January 24, 2014, 8:29 PM EST) -- The Sixth Circuit rejected a former Eaton Corp. worker's challenge Friday to a plan administrator's decision denying her bid for disability benefits, in a published ruling that opined on the “arbitrary and capricious” standard for reviewing such denials and emphasized the deference owed to administrators.

The three-judge panel overseeing Karen McClain's Employee Retirement Income Security Act case agreed with a lower court that the determination that McClain — who worked as an assembler for the power management company — didn't fall under the relevant definition of...
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