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Proskauer Rose LLP | USA | 13 Jul 2010

Rulings, filings and settlements of interest

In the wake of Hardt v. Reliance Standard Life Ins. Co., 130 S. Ct. 2149 (May 24, 2010), in which the Supreme Court held that a party must achieve "some success on the merits" in order to obtain an attorney’s fee award under ERISA, two federal circuits have concluded that the so-called "five-factor test" for determining such awards used by many district courts prior to Hardt remains an appropriate analytical framework for deciding whether to award attorneys fees under ERISA, but only after first concluding that a party has achieved some success on the merits.

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