Day v. SBC Disability Income Plan

Filing 113

ORDER FOLLOWING CASE MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE; REMANDING THE CASE TO THE PLAN ADMINISTRATOR FOR LIMITED DETERMINATION. In light of the discussion at the Case Management Conference, the Court orders as follows: Offset of Long-Term Disability Benefits< b>: The Plan Administrator shall make a determination on this issue within ninety (90) days of the issuance of this Order. Please see Order for further specifics. Joint Case Management Conference statement due 4/17/2009. The Statement shall update th e Court on the status of the remand and any subsequently resolution by the parties of the issues addressed in this Order. Further Case Management Conference set for 4/27/2009 10:00 AM in Courtroom 8, 4th Floor, San Jose before Hon. James Ware. Signed by Judge James Ware on 12/9/2008. (ecg, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 12/9/2008)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 David Day, v. Plaintiff, IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA SAN JOSE DIVISION NO. C 06-01740 JW ORDER FOLLOWING CASE MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE; REMANDING THE CASE TO THE PLAN ADMINISTRATOR FOR LIMITED DETERMINATION / United United States District Court 11 For the Northern District of California 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 SBC Disability Income Plan, Defendant. On December 1, 2008, the Court held a Case Management Conference. Counsel for the respective parties were present. In light of the discussion at the Case Management Conference, the Court orders as follows: (1) Offset of Long-Term Disability Benefits: The issue of whether Plaintiff's longterm disability benefits should be offset by Plaintiff's pension benefits is remanded to Defendant's Plan Administrator for a determination of whether Plaintiff's benefits are subject to such an offset pursuant to the terms of the Plan. The Plan Administrator shall make a determination on this issue within ninety (90) days of the issuance of this Order. See 29 C.F.R. 2560.503-1(f). (2) COBRA Premium Reimbursement: Defendant shall reimburse Plaintiff for all COBRA premiums to which he is entitled within thirty (30) days of the issuance of this Order. If Plaintiff has not been reimbursed within thirty days, he may notice and file an appropriate motion with the Court. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 (3) Prejudgment Interest: Although the parties have raised this as an issue awaiting the Court's adjudication, at the conference, the parties represented that they will work in good faith to resolve the issue on their own. Accordingly, the Court declines to comment on the prejudgment interest issue at this time. To the extent that the parties are unable to resolve the issue in a timely matter, either party may bring an appropriate motion with the Court. (4) Travel Restrictions: Plaintiff seeks a declaration from the Court that the current travel restrictions imposed upon him by the Plan violate the terms of the Plan. The Court declines to address this issue because it is not properly before the Court. Plaintiff may not add claims to this action that are unrelated to the claims of the original operative Complaint for a declaration regarding short-term and long-term disability benefits. Nothing in this Order prevents Plaintiff from filing a separate action for a court to determine whether these travel restrictions are consistent with the Plan. United States District Court 11 For the Northern District of California 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 (5) Attorney Fees: Following the Plan Administrator's determination of the offset issue on remand, Plaintiff, if he chooses, may notice and file a Motion for Attorney Fees. Any such motion is referred to the assigned Magistrate Judge for a Report and Recommendation. In light of the remand, the Court sets a Further Case Management Conference on April 27, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. On or before April 17, 2009, the parties shall file a Joint Case Management Statement. The Statement shall update the Court on the status of the remand and any subsequently resolution by the parties of the issues addressed in this Order. Dated: December 9, 2008 JAMES WARE United States District Judge 2 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 THIS IS TO CERTIFY THAT COPIES OF THIS ORDER HAVE BEEN DELIVERED TO: Caroline Lee Elkin carolineelkin@paulhastings.com Joseph Al Latham allatham@paulhastings.com Michael S. Newman michaelnewman@paulhastings.com Robert Burton Nichols nichols@nicholslawgroup.com Stephen Henry Harris stephenharris@paulhastings.com Dated: December 9, 2008 Richard W. Wieking, Clerk By: /s/ JW Chambers Elizabeth Garcia Courtroom Deputy United States District Court 11 For the Northern District of California 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28

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