In a recently-issued decision, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously held that employee benefit plans may include a contractual limitations period for filing suit under ERISA §502(a)(1)(B) so long as that period is not unreasonably short and there is no controlling statute to the contrary. (Heimeshoff v. Hartford Life & Accident Ins. Co., U.S., No. 12-729, 12/16/13.) By permitting plans to include a reasonable limitations period for bringing claims, the Court’s decision gives plan sponsors some relief in defending against stale claims. It also means, however, that participants will need to be mindful of their plan’s specific time limit for filing suit when pursuing their available judicial remedies.