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Your ERISA Watch – Blue Shield Must Face Lawsuit for Denied Proton Beam Radiation Therapy Claim Despite Paying Provider Directly

This week’s notable decision, Rois-Mendez v. California Physicians’ Service dba Blue Shield of California, Case No. 20-cv-02227, 2021 WL 242906 (N.D. Cal. Jan. 25, 2021), is a proton therapy cancer treatment denial case with a twist. Rois-Mendez was covered under…

Your ERISA Watch – Court Grants Catholic Church Permanent Injunction Regarding Coverage of Gender-Transition Procedures

This week’s notable decision is Religious Sisters of Mercy v. Azar, Case No. 3:16-cv-00386, __F.Supp.3d__, 2021 WL 191009 (D.N.D. Jan. 19, 2021). In these consolidated cases, a coalition of entities affiliated with the Catholic Church and the State of North…

Your ERISA Watch – District Court Denies Dismissal of Putative Class Action Claims Related to ESOP’s Debt-leveraged Purchase of Company Stock

Today’s notable decision is a good one for employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) participants. In Gamino v. KPC Healthcare Holdings, Inc. et al., No. 5:20-CV-01126-SB-SHK, 2021 WL 162643 (C.D. Cal. Jan. 15, 2021), District Judge Stanley Blumenfeld, Jr. denied motions…

Your ERISA Watch – January 13, 2021

Below is a summary of this past week’s notable ERISA decisions by subject matter and jurisdiction. Class Actions Second Circuit Vollmer v. Xerox Corp., 20-CV-6979 (CJS), 2021 WL 50907 (W.D.N.Y. Jan. 6, 2021) (Judge Charles J. Sipagusa). In this class…

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