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Supreme Court Allows ERISA Relief for Individual Plan Accounts

Last Updated October 6, 2011

"The Court's judgment was unanimous, although two concurring opinions were filed. Justice Thomas, joined by Justice Scalia, was of the view that the Court's result followed from the text of ERISA, without any need for recourse to other bases for statutory interpretation. Chief Justice Roberts, joined by Justice Kennedy, would add that the Court's judgment leaves open the question of whether LaRue's claim properly lies only under § 502(a)(1)(b), implicating exhaustion of administrative remedies among other requirements, and not under § 502(a)(2)." (Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP) .See Supreme Court Allows ERISA Relief for Individual Plan Accounts (PDF)