State Employment Retirement System not accountable for error
When Steven Richardson's wife died, the State Employment Retirement System sent him a letter confirming the benefits he would receive as her survivor. It was in error, as she had opted for a different payment plan. Richardson attempted to hold the System to the full payment it promised, however the Court of Appeals held that it need only pay benefits according to the option selected by Richardson's wife. There was no equitable or legal basis to prevent the system from correcting its clerical error, and Richardson could not document any prejudice that he had suffered as a result of the error.