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Text of D.C. Circuit Court Opinion: ERISA Statutory Claim Is Not Subject to Exhaustion of Administrative Remedies (PDF)
U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit Link to more items from this source
June 25, 2014
"Pension plan beneficiaries need not exhaust internal remedial procedures before proceeding to federal court when they assert violations of ERISA's substantive guarantees.... Because Appellants assert a right granted them by ERISA's regulations -- the right to receive a lump sum payment without unreasonable delay -- they assert a statutory claim not subject to the exhaustion requirement. In other words, Appellants assert a statutory claim because the district court on remand will have to evaluate the plan's administration under a reasonableness standard created and defined by federal law." [Stephens and Mahoney v. PBGC, No. 13-5129 (D.C. Cir. June 24, 2014)]

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