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Author: Michelle Roberts

Your ERISA Watch – Say What You Mean or Pay What you Say: Federal Insurance Company’s Four-Million-Dollar Lesson

You may remember the case last year involving a group of Maine dairy delivery drivers who received $5 million in a proposed settlement all due to a missing Oxford comma.  (A lack of an Oxford comma cost dairy $5 million.) …

Your ERISA Watch – Sixth Circuit Finds that Deferred Compensation Plan for Executive Employees is an Employee Pension Benefit Plan

This week’s notable decision is Wilson v. Safelite Grp., Inc., No. 18-3408, __F.3d__, 2019 WL 3000995 (6th Cir. July 10, 2019), where the Sixth Circuit answers the question of what constitutes an employee pension benefit plan under ERISA.  At issue…

Your ERISA Watch – Court Holds that Detrimental Reliance Is Not Needed for Class-Wide Relief and Certifies ESOP Class

This week’s notable decision is Cunningham, et al. v. Wawa, Inc., et al., No. 2:18-cv-03355-PD (E.D. Pa. July 2, 2019), where the court granted Plaintiffs’ motion to certify a class of Employee Stock Ownership Plan (“ESOP”) participants.  In their ten-count complaint,…

Your ERISA Watch – Court Finds that Wage/Benefit Ordinance for Hotel Workers Is Not Preempted by ERISA

Hello, ERISA Watchers!  Since Wednesday’s mid-week report, there were not any more exciting circuit court decisions.  Today, I want to highlight a preemption decision out of my backyard in  California Hotels and Lodging Association v. The City of Oakland, No.…

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