Battle of the documents – What if your summary plan description and plan document differ?
Abstract: Generally, an underlying plan document (UPD) and summary plan description (SPD) govern retirement plans. What happens when these documents differ? Which one takes precedence over the other? And what’s the plan sponsor’s responsibility? This article answers these questions. Washington v. Murphy Oil USA, 497 F.3d 453 (5th Cir. Aug. 16, 2007) Jobe v. Medical Life Ins. Co., 598 F.3d 478 (8th Cir. Mar, 19, 2010)