High Court Affirms 6th Circ. In MetLife ERISA Suit

Law360 (June 19, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- An employer or insurance company that both determines eligibility and pays benefits under employee plans has a conflict of interest which a court may consider in determining whether benefits were improperly denied, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Thursday.

In a 6-3 decision, the High Court ruled that the circuit correctly considered Metropolitan Life Insurance Co.'s dual role as an administrator and funder of a Sears Roebuck & Co. benefit plan when the lower court overturned the insurer's decision to terminate the long-term disability benefits of...
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