This excerpt taken from the EQR 10-Q filed Nov 6, 2008.
The Plan Administrator shall oversee the administration of the Plan. Notwithstanding any other provision of the Plan to the contrary, the Plan Administrator shall have complete control and authority to determine the rights and benefits and all claims, demands and actions arising out of the provisions of the Plan of any Participant, beneficiary, deceased Participant, or other person having or claiming to have any interest under the Plan. The Plan Administrator shall have complete discretion to interpret the Plan and to decide all matters under the Plan. Such interpretation and decision shall be final, conclusive and binding on all Participants and any person claiming under or through any Participant, in the absence of clear and convincing evidence that the Plan Administrator acted arbitrarily and capriciously. Any individual(s)
serving as Plan Administrator who is a Participant shall not vote or act on any matter relating solely to himself or herself. When making a determination or calculation, the Plan Administrator shall be entitled to rely on information furnished by a Participant, a beneficiary, the Employer or the Funding Trustee. The Plan Administrator shall have the responsibility for complying with any reporting and disclosure requirements of ERISA.
The Plan Administrator shall have such powers and duties, may adopt such rules and tables, may act in accordance with such procedures, may appoint such officers or agents, may delegate such powers and duties, may receive such reimbursements and compensation, may determine fees to be paid by Participants in connection with Plan administration, and shall follow such claims and appeal procedures with respect to the Plan as the Plan Administrator may establish.
To enable the Plan Administrator to perform its functions, the Employer shall supply full and timely information to the Plan Administrator on all matters relating to the compensation of Participants, their employment, retirement, death, termination of employment, and such other pertinent facts as the Plan Administrator may require.
EQR agrees to indemnify and to defend to the fullest extent permitted by law any officer(s) or employee(s) who serve as Plan Administrator (including any such individual who formerly served as Plan Administrator) against all liabilities, damages, costs and expenses
(including reasonable attorneys fees and amounts paid in settlement of any claims approved by EQR in writing in advance) occasioned by any act or omission to act in connection with the Plan, if such act or omission is in good faith.