Court Rulings

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protected content Victory! Supreme Court Reverses Circuit in Major Retiree Health Case

Just a quick note to let you know that our amicus brief last year in CNH Industrial v. Reese was successful! ERIC’s brief was the only one that called on the Supreme Court to completely reverse the 6th Circuit, and instead rule in keeping with the Tackett cases that established the rules surrounding retiree health coverage and collective bargaining agreements… More

protected content UFCW & Employers Benefit Trust v. Sutter Health

Several members have recently requested an update on the latest regarding the Sutter case in California. The case brought by UFCW & Employers Benefit Trust against Sutter alleges that the company “uses its dominant economic power to compel network vendors to agree to anti-competitive terms in their provider agreements… More

Supreme Court Rules ERISA Preempts State Claims Reporting

We are pleased that the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) preempts Vermont’s law to require the reporting of health claims paid by self-funded benefit plans. ERIC had argued the same point in an amicus brief filed in October 2015… More

protected content Supreme Court Rules ERISA Preempts State Claims Reporting in Gobeille v. Liberty Mutual Insurance

Today the U.S. Supreme Court released its decision in the case of Gobeille v. Liberty Mutual Insurance Company. The 6-2 decision, a profound relief to all multi-state employers with benefit plans, found that ERISA does preempt the effort by the state of Vermont to impose reporting requirements on self-funded ERISA plans… More

protected content SCOTUS limits ability of plans to recover in Montanile case

In a rather unsettling, although perhaps not totally unanticipated turn of events, the U.S. Supreme Court today decided in Montanile v. Board of Trustees of the National Elevator Industry Health Benefit Plan that a plan participant who had recovered funds from a suit over an auto accident was not obligated to reimburse the health plan that had initially covered his medical expenses from the accident because the participant had likely spent the funds he recovered. The case was, however, remanded to the district court to settle certain facts in the case… More

protected content Federal District Court Finds Certain Retiree Health Benefits Vested for Life

Last week, a Federal District Court in Michigan ruled that certain retirees who once had worked for the Kelsey-Hayes Company were entitled to lifetime retiree health benefits… More

protected content New Poll Addresses Whether Companies are Keeping or Dropping Domestic Partner Benefits

The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) released its third poll addressing how large employers are restructuring their benefit offerings to same-sex and opposite-sex domestic partners… More

protected content ERIC:  SCOTUS Rules That States Must Recognize Same-Sex Marriage

In the second of two eagerly-awaited decisions this week, Obergefell v. Hodges, the U.S. Supreme Court emphatically ruled that the Fourteenth Amendment requires states to license same-sex marriage and also requires states to recognize legal same-sex marriages performed out of the state’s jurisdiction. The 5-4 majority decision was written by Justice Kennedy and supported by Justices Ginsburg, Breyer, Sotomayor, and Kagan. The official dissent was written by Chief Justice Roberts, although each of the three other justices (Scalia, Thomas, and Alito) also wrote dissents. … More

King v Burwell Decision
Large Employers To Congress:
Now That The Supreme Court Has Issued Its Health Care Decision, Let’s Fix The Underlying Law

American business cannot operate without legal and regulatory stability. The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) today said the Supreme Court removed a source of potential uncertainty in its decision in the King v. Burwell health care case. But the group said much legislative work is needed to fix the underlying law.… More

protected content Supreme Court Holds for Companies and Statements of Opinions/Corporate Filings

The Supreme Court recently ruled in support companies and statements in its corporate filings by holding that public companies are not liable for statements of opinions that turn out to be false. … More

protected content Cert Request in RJR Pension Investment Committee v. Tatum

The Supreme Court has asked for the solicitor general to weigh in regarding whether it should grant cert to a case that would decide who bears the burden of proving a breach of fiduciary duty caused financial losses to a pension plan. … More

protected content Oral Arguments in King v. Burwell:  They Came, They Spoke, They Sat Down Again

Oral arguments in King v. Burwell were heard on Wednesday, and few pundits have failed to render an opinion. To me, the bottom line is… More

protected content Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments in Tibble v. Edison International

The U.S. Supreme Court on February 24 heard oral arguments in Tibble v. Edison International involving whether a claim that fiduciaries breached their duty of prudence by offering higher-cost retail-class mutual funds to participants instead of institution-class mutual funds … More

protected content SCOTUS Declines to Take on Windstream Case, Permitting Reduction of Retiree Health Benefits

The U.S. Supreme Court on February 23 declined to rehear a decision from the 8th Circuit Court that basically left standing an action by Windstream Corporation to significantly reduce retiree health benefits … More

ERIC Urges Sixth Circuit to Apply “Ordinary Principles of Contract Interpretation” Concerning Vesting of Retiree Health Benefits

The ERISA Industry Committee filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit urging the court to apply “ordinary principles of contract interpretation” involving vesting of retiree health benefits following the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in M&G Polymers USA, LLC v. Tackett. … More

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Supreme Court Strikes Down Yard-Man and the 6th Circuit Court’s Stranglehold on Retiree Health Benefits

Today the Supreme Court of the United States in essence overturned the infamous UAW v. Yard-Man, Inc., decision of 1983 (and subsequent offspring), where the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit found that certain retirees had a vested right to their health benefits in the absence of extrinsic evidence to the contrary in a collective bargaining agreement. … More

ERIC Urges Supreme Court to Uphold Earlier Rulings Affirming ERISA’s Six-Year Statute of Limitations for Alleged Fiduciary Breach Claims

The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC), the leading trade association dedicated exclusively to the employee benefit and compensation interests of America’s largest companies, today filed with the U.S. Supreme Court an amicus brief in the Tibble v. Edison International case. … More

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Second Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Benefits Interference Claim under ERISA Seeking Same-Sex Spouse Coverage

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has ruled that a proposed class of health plan participants seeking coverage for same-sex spouses cannot proceed with claims of fiduciary breach and benefit interference under ERISA. … More

protected content Second Circuit Rules for Plaintiffs in Amara v. Cigna

Earlier today the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit upheld the district court’s finding of plan reformation in Amara v. Cigna Corp.… More

Second Circuit Ruling in Amara v. CIGNA Corp.

Amara v. CIGNA Corp. … More

protected content U.S. Supreme Court to Hear ACA Tax Subsidy Case on March 4

The U.S. Supreme Court recently announced that it will hear oral arguments on March 4 in King v. Burwell, the highly charged case concerning whether individuals participating in federally run Exchanges (as opposed to state-run Exchanges) may receive federal tax subsidies for the purchase of health insurance … More

protected content Solicitor General Invited to File Brief in ERISA Preemption Case

The U.S. Supreme Court has invited the Solicitor General to file a brief to advise the Court whether to accept cert in the case of Gobeille v. Liberty Mutual Insurance Company. … More

protected content ERIC and Epstein Becker Green Release Fall / Winter 2014 Edition of Benefits Litigation Update

ERIC earlier today released the latest edition of the Benefits Litigation Update, a joint project of ERIC and the law firm of Epstein Becker Green. … More

protected content U.S. Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments in Retiree Health Case

The U.S. Supreme Court recently heard oral arguments in the case of M&G Polymers USA, LLC v. Tackett, which involves when retiree health benefits are considered to be vested. … More

protected content Supreme Court Declines Review of Fiduciary Breach Claims in Tussey v. ABB

The U.S. Supreme Court recently announced that it will not hear the case of Tussey v. ABB, despite encouragement from the Solicitor of Labor to hear the case. The Tussey case involved whether deference should be limited to fiduciaries’ decisions that relate to benefit claims. … More

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