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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.

Appellate Information

  • 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.
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