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We recently observed that ERISA gives employers considerable leeway to design plan rules that fill in gaps in ERISA.  A recent Second Circuit case, Thurber v. Aetna Life Ins. Co., illustrates two important ways that plan drafting can meaningfully affect the outcome of litigation involving the plan:

  • First, a plan may specify the standard of review that a court must apply in a dispute.
  • Second, plan language can affect a plan’s ability to recover overpayments.

The case illustrates that good language that fills in gaps can save a lot of money.  In contrast, not filling in gaps — or having language that is not clear — can prove costly.
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