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ARGUED NOVEMBER 30, 2010

Before KANNE, WILLIAMS, and TINDER,Circuit Judges.

Eileen Huss, who recently retired from International Business Machines Corporation (“IBM”), sought to enroll her dependent adult child, Joseph Huss, in the IBM Medical and Dental Plan (the “Plan”). The Plan’s administrator, R. A. Barnes, found Joseph ineligible under the Plan’s governing documents and denied his enrollment. Huss sued Barnes and the Plan (the “Defendants”) under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (“ERISA”), 29 U.S.C. § 1001 et seq. The district court found that Barnes’s decision was arbitrary, capricious, and unreasonable. It granted Huss’s motion for summary judgment, having determined that Joseph was entitled to be enrolled in the Plan immediately. The district court also imposed statutory penalties on the Defendants for their failure to abide by ERISA’s document-disclosure obligations. The district court then awarded attorney’s fees to Huss under ERISA’s fee-shifting provision. Barnes and the Plan appealed each of the district court’s decisions.

 
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