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the part of the employer. 104-106. Rather, one is a fiduciary to the extent he exercises any discretionary authority or control. ", Nichols v. Eaton, 91 U. S. 716, 91 U. S. 724-725 (1875) (emphasis added). 1001 et seq. denied, Petitioner Firestone Tire & Rubber Co. (Firestone) maintained, and was the plan administrator and fiduciary of, a termination pay plan and two other unfunded employee benefit plans governed by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA), 29 U.S.C. Actions challenging an employer's denial of benefits before the enactment of ERISA were governed by principles of contract law. Second, we determine which persons are "participants" entitled to obtain information about benefit plans covered by ERISA. . Firestone Tire & Rubber Co. v. Bruch, 489 U. S. 101, 113 (1989). Tr. Thus, the raison d'etre for the LMRA arbitrary and capricious standard -- the need for a jurisdictional basis in suits against trustees -- is not present in ERISA. Multi-national group of companies, active in tires, textiles, polymers, construction materials and industrial products. No. See also G. Bogert & G. Bogert, Law of Trusts and Trustees 560, pp. 1002(21) (A)(i). 104-106. a reasonable expectation of returning to covered employment" or who have "a colorable claim" to vested benefits, Kuntz v. Reese, 785 F.2d 1410, 1411 (CA9) (per curiam), cert. The trust law de novo standard of review is consistent with the judicial interpretation of employee benefit plans prior to the enactment of ERISA. Please try again. Respondents have not alleged that they are "beneficiaries" as defined in § 1002(8). The Court of Appeals did not attempt to determine whether respondents were "participants" under 1002(7). The United States District Court dismissed the lawsuit. There is an obvious parallelism here: one "may become" eligible by acquiring, in the future, the same characteristic of eligibility that someone who "is" eligible now possesses. Because the District Court had applied different legal standards in granting summary judgment in favor of Firestone on Counts I and VII, the Court of Appeals remanded the case for further proceedings consistent with its opinion. U.S. 101, 114] First, we address the appropriate standard of judicial review of benefit determinations by fiduciaries or plan administrators under ERISA. U.S., at 148   455 ERISA provides "a panoply of remedial devices" for participants and beneficiaries of benefit plans. Congress did not say that all "claimants" could receive information about benefit plans. Bogert & Bogert, supra, 559, at 162-168; Restatement (Second) of Trusts 201, Comment b (1959). FIRESTONE TIRE & RUBBER CO. No. Co. v. Russell, 473 U. S. 134, 473 U. S. 146 (1985). [489 Eligibility exists not merely during the brief period between formal judgment of entitlement and payment of benefits. by looking to the terms of the plan and other manifestations of the parties' intent. IV). Stay up-to-date with FindLaw's newsletter for legal professionals. * Under ERISA a plan participant is "any employee or former employee . . In relevant part, 29 U.S.C. A trustee may be given power to construe disputed or doubtful terms, and in such circumstances the trustee's interpretation will not be disturbed if reasonable. 519 (ED Pa. 1986).   It noted, however, that the arbitrary and capricious standard had been softened in cases where fiduciaries and administrators had some bias or adverse interest. a reasonable expectation of returning to covered employment" or who have "a colorable claim" to vested benefits, Kuntz v. Reese, 785 F.2d 1410, 1411 (CA9) (per curiam), cert. See, e. g., Jung v. FMC Corp., 755 F.2d 708, 711-712 (CA9 1985) (where "the employer's denial of benefits to a class avoids a very considerable outlay [by the employer], the reviewing court should consider that fact in applying the arbitrary and capricious standard of review," and "[l]ess deference should be given to the trustee's decision"). 87-1054 Argued: November 30, 1988 Decided: February 21, 1989. 1033, 1037-1039 (1985). Firestone's assertion that the de novo standard would impose higher administrative and litigation costs on plans, and thereby discourage employers from creating plans in contravention of ERISA's spirit, is likewise unpersuasive, since there is nothing to foreclose parties from agreeing upon a narrower standard of review, and since the threat of increased litigation is not sufficient to outweigh the reasons for a de novo standard. No. The Court of Appeals' interpretation to the contrary strays far from the statutory language, which does not say that all "claimants" are entitled to disclosure; begs the question of who is a "participant"; and renders the § 1002(7) definition of "participant" superfluous. In determining the appropriate standard of review for actions under 1132(a)(1)(B), we are guided by principles of trust law. (1973). Although it is a "comprehensive and reticulated statute," Nachman Corp. v. Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp., 446. Applying the definition in this fashion would mean, of course, that if the employer guesses right that a person with a colorable claim is in fact not entitled to benefits, he can deny that person the information required to be provided under 29 U.S.C. . Tr. See also United States v. Mason, 412 U. S. 391, 412 U. S. 399 (1973). § 1132(c)(1)(B) (1982 ed., Supp. Federal courts adopted the arbitrary and capricious standard both as a standard of review and, more importantly, as a means of asserting jurisdiction over suits under 186(c) by beneficiaries of LMRA plans who were denied benefits by trustees. Firefox, or benefits violated [ 186(c)])." Complaint §§ 87-94, App. RSS Subscribe: 20 results | 100 results. 186(c), a provision of the Labor Management Relations Act, 1947 (LMRA). I think that, properly read, the definition of "participant" embraces those whose benefits have vested, and those who (by reason of current or former employment) have some potential to receive the vesting of benefits in the future, but not those who have a good argument that benefits have vested, even though they have not. Moreover, a claimant must have a colorable claim that (1) he will prevail in a suit for benefits, or that (2) eligibility requirements will be fulfilled in the future in order to establish that he "may be eligible." The 6th Circuit noted that Firestone Tire & Rubber Co. v. Bruch, in which an arbitrary-and-capricious standard of review is required by the court if the plan “gives the administrator or fiduciary discretionary authority to determine eligibility for benefits or to construe the terms of the plan,” should … U.S. 101, 118] 828 F.2d 134 (CA3 1987). There is an obvious parallelism here: one "may become" eligible by acquiring, in the future, the same characteristic of eligibility that someone who "is" eligible now possesses. Actions challenging an employer's denial of benefits before the enactment of ERISA were governed by principles of contract law. U.S. 716, 724 After Firestone sold its Plastics Division to Occidental Petroleum Co. (Occidental), respondents, Plastics Division employees who were rehired by Occidental, sought severance benefits under the termination pay plan, but Firestone denied their requests on the ground that there had not been a "reduction in workforce" that would authorize benefits under the plan's terms. [489 See Complaint 87-95, App. 1980). H. R. Rep. No. See United States v. Detroit Lumber Co., 200 U.S. 321, 337, 26 S.Ct. V. BRUCH ET AL. Those questions are best left to the Court of Appeals on remand. 1001 et seq. The dispute in this case therefore centers on the definition of the term "participant," which is found in 1002(7): The Court of Appeals "concede[d] that it is expensive and inefficient to provide people with information about benefits - and to permit them to obtain damages if information is withheld - if they are clearly not entitled to the benefits about which they are informed." (1988) U.S. Reports: Firesone Tire and Rubber Co. v. Bruch, 489 U.S. 101. United States v. Price, . [489 Thus, for purposes of actions under 1132(a)(1)(B), the de novo standard of review applies regardless of whether the plan at issue is funded or unfunded and regardless of whether the administrator or fiduciary is operating under a possible or actual conflict of interest. 93-533, p. 11 (1973) - will be thwarted by a natural reading of the term "participant." Firestone Tire & Rubber Co. v. Bruch, 489 U.S. 101, 114 (1989). Id. FIRESTONE TIRE & RUBBER CO. v. BRUCH(1989) No. Firestone Tire & Rubber Co. v. Bruch, 489 U. S. 101, 115. Pilot Life Ins. Neither general principles of trust law nor a concern for impartial decisionmaking, however, forecloses parties from agreeing upon a narrower standard of review. Id., at 153. (1985). The LMRA does not provide for judicial review of the decisions of LMRA trustees. We do not think Congress' purpose in enacting the ERISA disclosure provisions -- ensuring that "the individual participant knows exactly where he stands with respect to the plan," H.R.Rep. Without this jurisdictional analogy, LMRA principles offer no support for the adoption of the arbitrary and capricious standard insofar as § 1132(a)(1)(B) is concerned. MLA citation style: O'Connor, Sandra Day, and Supreme Court Of The United States. The District Court granted Firestone's motion for summary judgment. Id., at 138-140. This case presents two questions concerning the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA), 88 Stat. Microsoft Edge. Martin Wald argued the cause for petitioners. ERISA defines a fiduciary as one who, "exercises any discretionary authority or discretionary control respecting management of [a] plan or exercises any authority or control respecting management or disposition of its assets.". O'CONNOR, J., delivered the opinion for a unanimous Court with respect to Parts I and II, and the opinion of the Court with respect to Part III, in which REHNQUIST, C. J., and BRENNAN, WHITE, MARSHALL, BLACKMUN, STEVENS, and KENNEDY, JJ., joined. Firestone set forth four principles of … . Restatement (Second) of Trusts 187, Comment d (1959). Co. v. Russell, 473 U.S. at 473 U. S. 148. After Firestone sold its Plastics Division to Occidental Petroleum Co. (Occidental), respondents, Plastics Division employees who were rehired by Occidental, sought severance benefits under the termination pay plan, but Firestone denied their requests on the ground that there had not been a "reduction in work force" that would authorize benefits under the plan's terms. See generally Pilot Life Ins. 472 Whether "the exercise of a power is permissive or mandatory depends upon the terms of the trust." See also Central States, Southeast and Southwest Areas Pension Fund v. Central Transport, Inc., supra, at 568 ("The trustees' determination that the trust documents authorize their access to records here in dispute has significant weight, for the trust agreement explicitly provides that `any construction [of the agreement's provisions] adopted by the Trustees in good faith shall be binding upon the Union, Employees, and Employers'"). 489 U. S. 115-118. at 153. [489 See, e. g., Struble v. New Jersey Brewery Employees' Welfare Trust Fund, 732 F.2d 325, 333 (CA3 1984); Bayles v. Central States, Southeast and Southwest Areas Pension Fund, 602 F.2d 97, 99-100, and n. 3 (CA5 1979). U.S. 359, 446 U. S. 361 (1980), ERISA does not set out the appropriate standard of review for actions under § 1132(a)(1)(B) challenging benefit eligibility determinations. The administrator may make a reasonable charge to cover the cost of furnishing such complete copies. Id. Co. v. Dedeaux, supra, at 481 U. S. 56. will be fulfilled in the future. With respect to Count VII, the Court of Appeals held that the right to request and receive information about an employee benefit plan "most sensibly extend[s] both to people who are in fact entitled to a benefit under the plan and to those who claim to be but in fact are not." at 138 (citing cases). Rather, that definition of a "participant" as "any employee or former employee . I think that, properly read, the definition of "participant" embraces those whose benefits have vested, and those who (by reason of current or former employment) have some potential to receive the vesting of benefits in the future, but not those who have a good argument that benefits have vested even though they have not. at 521-526. standards, and since the views of a subsequent Congress form a hazardous basis for inferring the intent of an earlier one. Bowsher v. Merck & Co., 460 U. S. 824, 460 U. S. 837, n. 12 (1983). U.S. 134, 146 Thus, the raison d'etre for the LMRA arbitrary and capricious standard - the need for a jurisdictional basis in suits against trustees - is not present in ERISA. v. BRUCH ET AL. 87-1054. The District Court concluded that respondents were not entitled to damages under § 1132(c) because they were not plan "participants" or "beneficiaries" at the time they requested information from Firestone. With respect to Count VII, the District Court held that, although § 1024(b)(4) imposes a duty on a plan administrator to respond to written requests for information about the plan, that duty extends only to requests by plan participants and beneficiaries. of Oral Arg. sensible enough to consult the law would be senseless enough to take that risk, giving the term its defined meaning would produce precisely the same incentive for disclosure as the Court's opinion. §§ 1002(7) ("participant"), 1002(8) ("beneficiary"), 1002(21)(A) ("fiduciary"), 1103(a) ("trustee"), 1104 ("fiduciary duties"). Without more, we cannot ascribe to Congress any acquiescence in the arbitrary and capricious standard. In light of Congress' general intent to incorporate much of LMRA fiduciary law into ERISA, see NLRB v. Amax Coal Co., 453 U. S. 322, 453 U. S. 32 (1981), and because ERISA, like the LMRA, imposes a duty of loyalty on fiduciaries and plan administrators, Firestone argues that the LMRA arbitrary and capricious standard should apply to ERISA actions. We now affirm in part, reverse in part, and remand the case for further proceedings. [489 U.S. 85, 90 Under ERISA. Co. v. Dedeaux, supra, at 56. Several respondents also sought information about their benefits under all three plans pursuant to § 1024(b)(4)'s disclosure requirements, but Firestone denied those requests on the ground that respondents were no longer plan "participants" entitled to information under ERISA. "[T]he views of a subsequent Congress form a hazardous basis for inferring the intent of an earlier one." Id., at 105; see also id., at 108. Federal courts adopted the arbitrary and capricious standard both as a standard of review and, more importantly, as a means of asserting jurisdiction over suits under § 186(c) by beneficiaries of LMRA plans who were denied benefits by trustees. Respondents, six Firestone employees who were rehired by Occidental, sought severance benefits from Firestone under the termination pay plan. With respect to Count VII, the Court of Appeals held that the right to request and receive information about an employee benefit plan, "most sensibly extend[s] both to people who are in fact entitled to a benefit under the plan and to those who claim to be, but in fact are not.". The trust law de novo standard of review is consistent with the judicial interpretation of employee benefit plans prior to the enactment of ERISA. Because we do not rest our decision on the concern for impartiality that guided the Court of Appeals, see 828 F.2d, at 143-146, we need not distinguish between types of plans or focus on the motivations of plan administrators and fiduciaries. See Brief for Respondents. Hence, over a century ago we remarked that, "[w]hen trustees are in existence, and capable of acting, a court of equity will not interfere to control them in the exercise of a discretion vested in them by the instrument under which they act. Argued November 30, 1988. . JUSTICE O'CONNOR delivered the opinion of the Court. The Court of Appeals reversed the District Court's grant of summary judgment on Counts I and VII. [2] "The plan is subject to the procedural protections … A former employee who has neither a reasonable expectation of returning to covered employment nor a colorable claim to vested benefits, however, simply does not fit within the [phrase] `may become eligible.'" A trustee who is in doubt as to the interpretation of the instrument can protect himself by obtaining instructions from the court. Several respondents also sought information about their benefits under all three plans pursuant to 1024(b)(4)'s disclosure requirements, but Firestone denied those requests on the ground that respondents were no longer plan "participants" entitled to information under ERISA. , n. 12 (1983). We do not think that this bit of legislative inaction carries the day for Firestone. See also Central States, Southeast and Southwest Areas Pension Fund v. Central Transport, Inc., supra, at 568 ("The trustees' determination that the trust documents authorize their access to records here in dispute has significant weight, for the trust agreement explicitly provides that any construction [of the agreement's provisions] adopted by the Trustees in good faith shall be binding upon the Union, Employees, and Employers'"). ET AL. 463 See also G. Bogert & G. Bogert, Law of Trusts and Trustees § 560, pp.193-208 (2d. § 559, at 169-171. See §§ 1024(b)(4), 1025(a). The LMRA does not provide for judicial review of the decisions of LMRA trustees. We recommend using Petitioner Firestone Tire & Rubber Co. (Firestone) maintained, and was the plan administrator and fiduciary of, a termination pay plan and two other unfunded employee benefit plans governed by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA), 29 U.S.C. The Court of Appeals reversed and remanded, holding that benefits denials should be subject to de novo judicial review rather than review under the arbitrary and capricious standard where the employer is itself the administrator and fiduciary of an unfunded plan, since deference is unwarranted in that situation given the lack of assurance of impartiality on the employer's part. v. Richard BRUCH, etc., et al. Firestone Tire & Rubber Co. v. Bruch, 489 U.S. 101 (1989) Firestone Tire & Rubber Co. v. Bruch. It follows that the phrase "may become eligible" has nothing to do with the probabilities of winning a suit. 489 U.S. 101. U.S. 559, 570 Massachusetts Mutual Life Ins. See H.R. 98-104. Adopting Firestone's. Search for: "Firestone Tire & Rubber Co. v. Bruch" Results 1 - 20 of 30. I join the judgment of the Court, and Parts I and II of its opinion. Firestone concluded that respondents were not entitled to the information because they were no longer "participants" in the plans. Respondents' action asserting that they were entitled to benefits because the sale of Firestone's Plastics Division constituted a "reduction in workforce" within the meaning of the termination pay plan was based on the authority of § 1132(a)(1)(B). By operation of law, Firestone itself was the administrator, 29 U.S.C. The latter exception cannot aid Firestone, since there is no evidence that, under the termination pay plan, the administrator has the power to construe uncertain plan terms or that eligibility determinations are to be given deference. Despite these principles of trust law pointing to a de novo standard of review for claims like respondents', Firestone would have us read ERISA to require the application of the arbitrary and capricious standard to such claims.   Sandra Day O’Connor: The first of these cases is Firestone Tire & Rubber Company versus Bruch, No. 157, 29 U.S.C. The action was based on § 1132(a)(1), which provides that a, "civil action may be brought . FIRESTONE TIRE AND RUBBER COMPANY, et al., Petitioners. (1986). Begin typing to search, use arrow keys to navigate, use enter to select. ERISA provides "a panoply of remedial devices" for participants and beneficiaries of benefit plans. Those questions are best left to the Court of Appeals on remand. Adopting Firestone's The Court holds that a person with a colorable claim is one who "may become eligible' for benefits" within the meaning of the statutory definition of "participant," because, it reasons, such a claim raises the possibility that "he or she will prevail in a suit for benefits." U.S. 916 Justice O’Connor, For the Court. At the time of the sale, Firestone maintained three pension and welfare benefit plans for its employees: a termination pay plan, a retirement plan, and a stock purchase plan. A former employee who has neither a reasonable expectation of returning to covered employment nor a colorable claim to vested benefits, however, simply does not fit within the [phrase] 'may become eligible.'". That provision allows a suit to recover benefits due under the plan, to enforce rights under the terms of the plan, and to obtain a declaratory judgment of future entitlement to benefits under the provisions of the plan contract. Thus, for purposes of actions under § 1132(a)(1)(B), the de novo standard of review applies regardless of whether the plan at issue is funded or unfunded and regardless of whether the administrator or fiduciary is operating under a possible or actual conflict of interest. We express no view as to the appropriate standard of review for actions under other remedial provisions of ERISA. See, e. g., Brief for American Council of Life Insurance et al. For the reasons set forth above, the decision of the Court of Appeals is affirmed in part and reversed in part, and the case is remanded for proceedings consistent with this opinion. Because the District Court had applied different legal standards in granting summary judgment in favor of Firestone on Counts I and VII, the Court of Appeals remanded the case for further proceedings consistent with its opinion. See Brief for Petitioners 13-14. 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