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Plan Administrators May Be Estopped from Correcting Pension Benefit Calculations
Deloitte via BenefitsLink.com Link to more items from this source
[Guidance Overview]
Aug. 3, 2010
Excerpt: The Sixth Circuit has joined a growing number of U.S. circuit courts which, in certain circumstances, will prevent an ERISA pension plan administrator from correcting an inaccurate benefit calculation. Where the inaccurate benefit is represented in writing and extraordinary circumstances exist in which the equities strongly favor the participant, the Sixth Circuit now recognizes equitable estoppel by which a plan administrator can be prevented from correcting a previously calculated benefit amount notwithstanding the terms of the plan.

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