June 15, 2017
Regence Blueshield v. Susan Finn (E.D. Wash. June 15, 2017) – ROS attorneys obtained summary judgment in favor of an ERISA plan after the participant refused to reimburse the plan in accordance with the terms outlined in its SPD. The Participant argued that she had not received a copy of the SPD, rendering the Plan’s reimbursement provision void and unenforceable. The Court rejected the participant’s argument and held that the plan administrator’s attempts to provide participants access to the Plan documents fulfilled ERISA’s disclosure requirements. The Court enforced the terms of the SPD and awarded the Plan full reimbursement of the benefits paid on behalf of the participant.