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IN THE SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF HAWAI`I
WANDA SHELTON, Appellant-Appellee,
KAISER FOUNDATION HEALTH PLAN, INC., (1) Appellee-Appellant,
SCHMIDT, INSURANCE COMMISSIONER, DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
AND CONSUMER AFFAIRS, STATE OF HAWAI`I, Appellee-Appellee.
APPEAL FROM THE FIRST CIRCUIT COURT
(CIV. NO. 03-1-1234)
SUMMARY DISPOSITION ORDER
(By: Moon, C.J., Levinson, Nakayama, Acoba, and Duffy JJ.)
Upon carefully reviewing the record and the briefs submitted by the parties, and having given due consideration to the arguments advocated and the issues raised, we vacate the circuit court's judgment and the Insurance Commissioner's order. In Hawaii Mgmt. Alliance Ass'n v. Ins. Comm'r, No. 24801 (Nov. 18, 2004), we held that the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) preempts Hawaii's external review law, Hawai`i Revised Statutes (HRS) § 432E-6 (Supp. 2000); therefore, HRS § 432E-6 does not apply to ERISA-covered plans. Because Shelton's plan is an ERISA-covered plan, the Commissioner lacked jurisdiction to consider Shelton's external review and the circuit court lacked jurisdiction to consider Shelton's appeal from the Commissioner's order. Therefore,
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that the circuit court's November 26, 2003 final judgment and the Commissioner's May 16, 2003 order are vacated.
DATED: Honolulu, Hawai`i, January 10, 2005.
On the briefs:
Arleen D. Jouxson and
Ellen Godbey Carson and
Dianne Winter Brookins
(of Alston Hunt Floyd &
Ing) for appellee-appellant
Health Plan, Inc.
David A. Webber and
Deborah Day Emerson,
Deputy Attorneys General,
J.P. Schmidt, Insurance
Commissioner, Department of
Commerce and Consumer Affairs,
State of Hawai`i
1. The caption, throughout both the Supreme Court Record and the Record on Appeal, reads "Shelton v. Kaiser Permanente." However, the appellee-appellant's actual name appears to be Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. See Record on Appeal at 25.
2. The Honorable Eden Elizabeth
Hifo presided over this matter.