It’s not enough to simply post a summary plan description on an employer’s intranet to satisfy the ERISA requirement that such information be “furnished” to plan participants. That’s the conclusion that the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York came to in Raymond Thomas v. CIGNA Group Insurance, et al. (No 09-CV-5029).

The case involved a denial of payment of death benefits from a voluntary group life plan. The plaintiff was the brother of Judith Thomas, the deceased employee. He originally sued the life insurance carrier in 2009, and it has taken six years for the case to be resolved.

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