After plaintiff was denied long-term disability benefits by Standard, he sought review of Standard’s determination under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA), 29 U.S.C. 1001 et seq. The court affirmed the district court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of Standard and held that there was substantial evidence supporting Standard’s denial of benefits. The court also held that a conflict of interest alone was not determinative where there existed substantial evidence on the record supporting the denial of benefits.
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