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Judge Glasser http://nycourts.law.com/CourtDocumentViewer.asp?view=Document&docID=56968 PLAINTIFF ALLEGED entitlement to benefits under a defined pension plan governed by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974. Participants could receive benefits at age 65, even while staying employed. A 1989 amendment barred employees receiving benefits from continued employment with plaintiff’s employer. Defendant plan administrator sought dismissal, arguing that plaintiff’s failure to file an application complying with procedures outlined in the plan description constituted a failure to exhaust administrative remedies. The court granted defendant summary judgment, rejecting plaintiff’s argument that the futility doctrine excused him from the exhaustion requirement. Citing Davenport v. Harry N. Abrams Inc., it ruled that the exchange of certain letters as to alleged unfair administration of the plan established neither an application for nor administrative denial of benefits and thus did not support a finding of futility.

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