3rd Circ. Ends Union Pacific Employee's Pension Suit

Law360, New York (September 15, 2017, 7:30 PM EDT) -- A split Third Circuit panel on Friday rejected a former Union Pacific employee's challenge to the calculation of his retirement payout, saying plan administrators should receive deference when interpreting ambiguous pension plan terms.

In a precedential opinion, the majority affirmed a lower court decision not to overturn a plan administrator's interpretation of the pension plan terms of John Dowling, a former Union Pacific Corp. worker who had been on disability leave and argued his benefits had been calculated at a too-low rate.

"In such circumstances, we will not set aside the administrator's interpretations of 'unambiguous plan language' as long as those...

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