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Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. v. Brown

United States District Court, E.D. Michigan, Southern Division

April 28, 2017

METROPOLITAN LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY, Plaintiff,
v.
BREANNA BROWN, CHARLES H. BROWN, Defendants.

          ORDER GRANTING DEFENDANT BREANNA BROWN'S MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT [#21] AND DENYING DEFENDANT CHARLES H. BROWN'S MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT [#17]

          Denise Page Hood Chief Judge U.S. District Court

         I. BACKGROUND

         On February 11, 2016, Interpleader-Plaintiff Metropolitan Life Insurance Company (“MetLife”) filed a Complaint in Interpleader against Defendants Breanna Brown and Charles H. Brown because MetLife, as claim fiduciary, could not determine the proper beneficiary(ies) of the remaining benefits under an employee welfare benefit plan. (Doc # 1) MetLife has been dismissed from this action pursuant to a Stipulated Order, dated June 3, 2016, after having deposited into the Registry of the Court in an interest bearing account the group life insurance benefits at issue. (Doc # 14) On September 19, 2016, Charles H. Brown filed a Motion for Summary Judgment. (Doc # 17) On September 22, 2016, Breanna Brown filed a Motion for Summary Judgment. (Doc # 21) On October 10, 2016, Breanna Brown filed a Response to Charles H. Brown's Motion. (Doc # 23)

         The Decedent, Charles A. Brown, an employee of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, had a life insurance policy through FCA U.S. LLC Group Life Insurance Plan (the “Plan”), an employee welfare benefit plan issued by MetLife and regulated by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (“ERISA”), as amended 29 U.S.C. § 1001 et seq. Pursuant to the Summary Plan Description, Decedent was entitled to designate beneficiaries as follows:

You may designate or change your beneficiary at any time . . . . If you designate more than one beneficiary, the surviving beneficiaries will share equally, unless you specify otherwise. If you do not designate a beneficiary, or if at your death, no designated beneficiary is living, your benefits will be distributed as follows:
• To your surviving spouse;
• Equally to your surviving children;
• Equally to your parents or the survivor of them;
• Equally to your surviving brothers and sisters; or
• To your executors or administrators.

(Doc # 1-2, Pg ID 21-22) The Certificate of Insurance also stated that Decedent could designate beneficiaries as follows:

You may designate a Beneficiary in Your application or enrollment form. . . . If two or more Beneficiaries are designated and their shares are not specified, they will share the insurance equally. If there is no Beneficiary designated or no surviving Beneficiary at your death, We will determine the Beneficiary according to the following order:
• Your Spouse, if alive;
• Your child(ren), if there is no ...

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