Editor's Note :

Editor's Note :

The court will release orders from the March 16 conference on Monday at 9:30 a.m. There is a possibility of opinions on Tuesday and Wednesday.
On Monday the court hears oral argument in Sveen v. Melin. Amy Howe has our preview.

Conkright v. Frommert

Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
08-810 2d Cir. Jan 20, 2010
Apr 21, 2010 5-3 Roberts OT 2009

Holding: An employee health plan often has an administrator who must interpret its terms, and in some circumstances courts will defer to the administrator's reading. The Court held here that a plan administrator's interpretation is entitled to deference, even when the administrator had previously adopted a different interpretation that a court found erroneous.

Judgment: Reversed and remanded, 5-3, in an opinion by Chief Justice John Roberts on April 21, 2010. Justice Breyer dissented, joined by Justices Stevens and Ginsburg. Justice Sotomayor took no part in the decision.

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