Pension Benefit Claims

This week’s notable decision comes from the Sixth Circuit in Zirbel v. Ford Motor Company, ___F.3d___, 2020 WL 6704157 (6th Cir. 2020). Plaintiff Donna Zirbel received a $351,000 retirement-benefits payment from Ford Motor Company (“Ford”). But the payment was two sizes too big. When Ford learned of the mistake, it asked for the extra money back. Zirbel refused. She sued Ford, seeking a declaration that she could keep the money. Ford stood by its decision. The district court granted summary judgment to Ford, requiring Zirbel to return the $243,190 in overpayments. Plaintiff appealed and the Sixth Circuit affirmed. 
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