In a case involving a thrift plan subject to ERISA, the Fifth Circuit Federal Court of Appeals reversed the district court?ÃÃs decision to award benefits under the plan to a deceased participant?ÃÃs stepchildren. Prior to the challenge by the stepchildren, the plan administrator distributed the participant?ÃÃs benefits to the participant?ÃÃs siblings, based on the priority of distribution set forth in the plan document. Because the plan afforded the plan administrator with discretionary authority to determine the eligibility for benefits, the court determined whether there was an abuse of discretion in the plan administrator?ÃÃs interpretation. The court concluded that because the plan administrator?ÃÃs interpretation of the term ?ÃÂ£children?ÃÂ¥ was ?ÃÂ£legally correct?ÃÂ¥ and there is nothing in the plan or ERISA requiring the plan administrator to incorporate the concept of equitable adoption into the plan?ÃÃs definition of children, there was no abuse of discretion. As a result, the court reversed the district court?ÃÃs decision. Herring v. Campbell, No. 11-40953 (5th Cir. August 7, 2012).