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This excerpt taken from the DIS 10-K filed Nov 20, 2008.
Article 8. Financing and Administration
FACE="Times New Roman" SIZE="2">8.1 Financing
General Creditors. The Plan constitutes a mere promise of the Employer to make payments in accordance with the terms of the Plan. This Plan does not give any Participant, Joint/Contingent Annuitant or Beneficiary any interest, lien, or claim in or against any specific assets of the Company or any Affiliate. The Participant, Joint/Contingent Annuitant and/or Beneficiary shall have only the rights of general, unsecured creditors of the Employer with respect to their rights under the Plan.
Allocation Among Employers. The obligation to pay benefits hereunder shall be the obligation of the Employers whose Employees are Participants entitled to benefits hereunder. Each Employer shall provide the benefits described in the Plan and allocable to such entity from its general assets. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Company, in its sole discretion, shall have the authority to allocate the total liability to pay benefits under the Plan among the Employers in such manner and amounts as it deems appropriate.
Alternative Funding. The Company may, but shall not be required to, establish a grantor trust as a funding source for its obligations under the Plan. If such a trust is so established, it shall be the intention of the Company that the trust shall constitute an unfunded arrangement for purposes of the Plan, such that the Plan shall continue to be an unfunded plan maintained for the purpose of providing deferred compensation to a select group of management or highly compensated employees under ERISA. With respect to any Participant, the assets of the trust so established shall remain subject to the claims of the creditors of that Participants Employer in the event of the Employers bankruptcy or insolvency. However, to the extent that funds placed in a trust and allocable to the benefits payable under the Plan are sufficient, the trust assets may be used to pay benefits under the Plan. If such trust assets are not sufficient to pay all benefits due under the Plan, then the appropriate Employer shall have the obligation, and the Participant, Joint/Contingent Annuitant or Beneficiary who is due such benefits shall look to such Employer to provide such benefits.
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