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Audio Transcription for Oral Argument - April 22, 2013 in Hillman v. Maretta

Audio Transcription for Opinion Announcement - June 03, 2013 in Hillman v. Maretta

Sonia Sotomayor:

The same reasoning applies here.

The statutes we considered in Ridgway and Wissner are similar to FEGLIA.

Like these statutes, FEGLIA plainly gives highest priority to a named beneficiary.

And FEGLIA includes an order of precedents nearly identical to the one Congress enacted in SEGLIA.

FEGLIA accordingly reflects Congress' clear purpose that the proceeds should actually belong to the beneficiary.

As in Ridgway and Wissner, Section D conflicts with that purpose by allocating the proceeds to another person.

We, therefore, hold that Section D is preempted by federal law.

The judgment of the Virginia Supreme Court is affirmed.

Justice Thomas and Justice Alito have filed opinions concurring in the judgment.