Attorneys who handle Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) cases need to be able to explain to potential clients how ERISA cases are handled / looked at, by the Courts. This is explained in a 2020 opinion from the Western District, San Antonio Division, case. The case is styled, Ramon Hernandez v. Life Insurance Company of North America, Schlumberger Group Welfare Benefits Plan.
The case needs to be read to grasp an understanding of the underlying facts. Here, we are looking at the law the Court used in reaching its determination.
In this case, the Court granted summary judgment against Hernandez. In reaching the decision, the Court restated law as it relates to ERISA cases. The Court looks at these cases under an “abuse of discretion” standard, not a de novo standard.