Washington v. Murphy Oil USA, Inc., 05-31063
When the terms of a Summary Plan Description (SPD) and an ERISA plan conflict and the terms of the conflicting SPD unequivocally grant the employee with a vested right to benefits, the employee need not show reliance or prejudice in order to prevail on a claim for benefits.
- Decided 08/16/2007
- Published 08/17/2007
- DENNIS, Circuit Judge:, Before JOLLY, HIGGINBOTHAM and DENNIS, Circuit Judges.
- United States Fifth Circuit
- For Appellant:
- Roger Alan Stetter (argued), Law Office of Roger A. Stetter, New Orleans, LA, for Washington.
- For Appellees:
- Walter W. Christy (argued), Coats Rose, New Orleans, LA, for Defendants-Appellants.