With W. Mark Smith, Steuart Thomsen, Gail Westover
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled today in "Hardt v. Reliance Standard Life Insurance Company", Case. No 09-448 (May 24, 2010), that the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) does not impose a "prevailing party" requirement for an award of statutory attorneys’ fees and costs in most ERISA cases.