On June 26, 2008, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision in Kennedy v. Plan Administrator for DuPont Savings and Investment Plan. The case had attracted significant attention because it dealt with the common situation that plan administrators face in having to deal with conflicting documents relating to a pension distribution to a divorced

Self-insured medical plans typically contain “subrogation clauses” that allow the plan to claim reimbursement from a personal injury recovery of a participant. The self-insured plan’s reimbursement right exists even if state laws prohibit such attachment as ERISA pre-empts the state limitation. For example, the Supreme Court ruled that ERISA trumped Pennsylvania’s anti-subrogation law allowing a self-insured plan