979 F2d 1013 Wildbur v. Arco Chemical Co

979 F.2d 1013

16 Employee Benefits Cas. 1251

Kenneth E. WILDBUR, Sr., et al., Plaintiffs-Appellants,
ARCO CHEMICAL CO., et al., Defendants-Appellees.

No. 91-4255.

United States Court of Appeals,

Fifth Circuit.

Dec. 7, 1992.

Mark Ostrich, Lafayette, La., for plaintiffs-appellants.

Howard Shapiro, Robert K. McCalla, Elvige C. Richards, Heather G. Magier, McCalla, Thompson, Pyburn & Ridley, New Orleans, La., for The Atlantic Richfield Retirement.

Appeal from the United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana; Edwin F. Hunter, Jr., Judge.


(Opinion 10/12/92, 5th Cir.1992, 974 F.2d 631)

Before KING and WIENER, Circuit Judges, and LAKE*, District Judge.


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The Petitions for Rehearing are DENIED and no member of this panel or Judge in regular active service on the Court having requested that the Court be polled on rehearing en banc (Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure and Local Rule 35) the Suggestion for Rehearing En Banc is DENIED.


Although we have denied rehearing, we write to clarify our opinion in two respects, neither of which is material to the outcome of our decision. The parties agree that the court did not fully describe the relationship between section 35 of the ARRP and the special severance benefits under Schedule M of the STAP. We agree and modify the October 12, 1992, opinion by deleting the sentence that begins at the end of 974 F.2d page 633 and substituting instead the following sentence:


Employees eligible for Section 35 benefits had the option of choosing between enhanced ARRP retirement benefits plus a reduced special payment under the STAP or regular severance payments under the STAP with no enhanced ARRP retirement benefits.1


Plaintiffs argue that our opinion fails to expressly state that the district court can consider remanded facts to the administrator, that is, facts not originally considered by the ARRP administrator but considered by the administrator after the district court remanded plaintiffs' claims to the administrator for further consideration. The remands by the district court to the ARRP administrator were by agreement of the parties, and neither party complained on appeal of any of the orders of the district court remanding plaintiffs' claims for further consideration by the ARRP administrator. Since new facts were presented to the administrator by agreement of the parties, the district court is to give these remanded facts the same consideration it is to give to facts initially considered by the ARRP administrator. Part III of our opinion explains the analytical framework for the district court's consideration of both original and remanded facts.


District Judge for the Southern District of Texas, sitting by designation


The sentence deleted read as follows:

An eligible employee could elect to receive either enhanced retirement benefits under section 35 of the ARRP or the special severance benefits provided by Schedule M of the STAP, but not both.