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Black & Decker Disability Plan v. Nord

Docket No.: 02-469
Certiorari Granted: Jan 10 2003
Argued: April 28, 2003
Decided: May 27, 2003

Topics:

Employee Retirement Income Security, Economic Activity, Administrative Procedure, Commerce Clause, ERISA, Employee Retirement Income Security Act, Internal Revenue Code, Labor Department, Natural Resources, Social Security Act, abuse of discretion, judicial review, preemption

PartyNames: The Black & Decker Disability Plan v. Kenneth L. Nord
Petitioner: The Black & Decker Disability Plan
Respondent: Kenneth L. Nord

Court Below: United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Citation: CA 9, 296 F.3d 823. QUESTION PRESENTED: Whether the Ninth Circuit erred in holding that an ERISA disability planadministrator's determination of disability is subject to the "treating physician rule" and, therefore, the plan administrator is required to accept a treating physician'sopinion of disability as controlling unless the plan administrator rebuts that opinion in writing based upon substantial evidence on the record. CERT. GRANTED: 1/10/03
Lower Court Decision
Supreme Court Docket

The Black & Decker Disability Plan
v.
Kenneth L. Nord
538 U.S. 822 (2003)
Question:

Under ERISA, are companies required to defer to the decision of a disability claimant's personal physician?

Black & Decker Disability Plan v. Nord
ORAL ARGUMENT

April 28, 2003

Holding: vacated and remanded
Decision: Decision: 9 votes for Black & Decker Disability Plan, 0 vote(s) against

Black & Decker Disability Plan v. Nord
Case Documents

1Opinion in Black & Decker Disability Plan v. Nord
2Opinion in Black & Decker Disability Plan v. Nord
Additional documents for this case are pending review.