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  • Fourth Circuit Rules in Favor of Employer in Retiree Health Benefits Case

    In a blow to retirees, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit recently affirmed a decision granting summary judgment to an employer in a case involving changes to a retiree health benefits plan.  See Barton v. Constellium Rolled Products-Ravenswood, LLC, Case No. 16-1103, 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 5087, __ F.3d __ (4th Cir. March 22, 2017). 

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  • A Life Insurance Fiduciary Breach Case Gets Set for Trial

    Today’s blog post brings us another life insurance case in which an insurer and an employer were alleged to have breached their fiduciary duty to a plan participant and his beneficiary.    That case, Keith v. Metro. Life Ins. Co., et al., Case No. H-15-1030, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 37263 (S.D. Tex. March 15, 2017), is now headed to

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  • Court Declines to Remand Case Involving an Alleged Church Plan and Finds ERISA Controls Instead

    Although the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, 29 U.S.C. § 1001 et seq. (“ERISA”), regulates nearly all non-governmental employer sponsored benefit plans, a notable exception exists for so-called “church plans.”  A church plan is “a plan established and maintained [] for its employees (or their beneficiaries) by a church or by a convention or association of churches which

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