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Sun Life Assurance Co. of Canada v. Jackson

Petition for certiorari denied on June 11, 2018
Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
17-1247 6th Cir. N/A N/A N/A N/A OT 2017

Issue: Whether—when in order to create or assign rights to benefits under a state’s domestic relations laws to a person other than the designated beneficiary of a plan subject to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, the court must “clearly specif[y]” the information required by 29 U.S.C. § 1056(d)(3)(C)—an order “clearly specifies” the required information when the information can be inferred from the documents as a whole, as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit has held; when the information is provided in strict compliance with the statute’s requirements on the order’s face, as the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 2nd and 10th Circuits have held; when the plan administrator has reason to know the required information, even if it appears nowhere in the order, as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit and two state high courts have held; or, if none of those standards apply, what is required for a domestic relations order to “clearly specif[y]” the information required by 29 U.S.C. § 1056(d)(3)(C).

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DateProceedings and Orders (key to color coding)
Mar 05 2018Petition for a writ of certiorari filed. (Response due April 6, 2018)
Mar 17 2018Motion to extend the time to file a response from April 6, 2018 to May 7, 2018, submitted to The Clerk.
Mar 20 2018Motion to extend the time to file a response is granted and the time is extended to and including May 7, 2018, for all respondents.
May 07 2018Brief of respondent Sierra N. Jackson in opposition filed.
May 21 2018Reply of petitioner Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada filed. (Distributed)
May 22 2018DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 6/7/2018.
Jun 11 2018Petition DENIED.
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