|Docket No.||Op. Below||Argument||Opinion||Vote||Author||Term|
|06-923||6th Cir.||Apr 23, 2008||Jun 19, 2008||6-3||Breyer||OT 2007|
Holding: (1) Firestone Tire & Rubber Co. v. Bruch sets out four principles as to the appropriate standard of judicial review under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974; (2) a plan administrator's dual role of both evaluating and paying benefits claims creates the kind of conflict of interest referred to in Firestone; and (3) the significance of the conflict of interest factor will depend upon the circumstances of the particular case. There is nothing improper in the way the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit conducted its review.
Judgment: Affirmed, 6-3, in an opinion by Justice Stephen Breyer on June 19, 2008. Chief Justice Roberts joined the majority opinion as to all but Part IV. Chief Justice Roberts filed an opinion concurring in part and concurring in the judgment. Justice Kennedy filed an opinion concurring in part and dissenting in part.
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