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Plan Administrator Not Granted Discretionary Authority, Federal Judge Says

Mealey's (October 6, 2016, 1:00 PM EDT) -- SAN FRANCISCO — A de novo standard of review should be applied in a disability benefits suit because the plan at issue did not confer discretionary authority to the disability plan administrator, a California federal judge said Oct. 3 (Cathleen Murphy v. California Physicians Service, et al., No. 14-2581, N.D. Calif.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 137159).

(Opinion available.  Document #17-161010-028Z.)

Cathleen Murphy, an employee of Blue Shield of California, filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California under the Employee Retirement...
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