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Plan Administrators Cannot Invoke "SPD Prevails" Rule to Cure Plan Language Deficiencies
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[Guidance Overview]
June 25, 2010
Excerpt: It is not unusual to see plan documents and summary plan descriptions merged into one document these days, or for summary plan descriptions to take on the role as the source of authority and documentation of administrative practices. This recent Eighth Circuit opinion should give plan fiduciaries pause as they delegate such paperwork to their claims administrators and benefit communications consultants.

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