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Federal District Court Rejects Fiduciary Duty Breach by Claims Administrator Acting on Behalf of Plan Sponsor
Wilson Elser Link to more items from this source
Dec. 14, 2014
"The court determined that an act not typical of a claims administrator's responsibilities performed at the instruction of the plan sponsor and administrator did not establish a fiduciary relationship with the plan's participants and, as such, did not give rise to a claim for breach of fiduciary duty.... Reliance Standard, as the claims administrator, did not have discretionary authority for plan administration purposes and as the [form] mailing was a one-time 'favor to a client' done at [the employer's] instruction, it was not undertaken by Reliance Standard in a fiduciary capacity." [Van Loo v. Cajun Operating Co., No. 2:2014cv10604 (E.D. Mich. Dec. 1, 2014)]

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