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METRO. LIFE INS. CO. v. JOHNSON, 01-3143

A change of ERISA life insurance beneficiary was valid and effective, under the federal law doctrine of substantial compliance, despite a number of errors in executing the form; ERISA pre-empts the Illinois "substantial compliance" doctrine.

Appellate Information

  • Argued 04/02/2002
  • Decided 07/17/2002
  • Published 07/17/2002

Judges

  • MANION, Circuit Judge., BEFORE:  POSNER, MANION, and KANNE, Circuit Judges.

Court

  • United States Seventh Circuit

Counsel

  • For Appellant:
  • James B. Davidson,Davidson, Mandell & Menkes, Chicago, IL, for plaintiff.

  • For Appellees:
  • Gerald R. Statza (argued), Chicago, IL, for defendant-appellant, Mildred Johnson., Darryl L. Robinson (argued), Chicago, IL, for defendant-appellees, Lashanda Smith and Carolyn Hall.
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