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Multiple class action complaints challenge church plan status of hospital pension plans

USA - June 28 2013 Recent complaints challenging the "church plan" status of certain pension plans maintained by church-sponsored hospital systems may signal the…

Mary K. Samsa, Ralph E. DeJong, Wilber H. Boies PC.

Seventh Circuit makes damages more available for employees given wrong information about benefits

USA - June 18 2013 Kenseth v. Dean Health Plan, Inc., represents a significant departure from the decades of law prior to Cigna v. Amara holding that employees could…

Prashant Kolluri.

The Supreme Court speaks on the remedies for benefits description mistakes

USA - May 18 2011 In vacating and remanding a district court and U.S. Court of Appeals decision in favor of a plaintiff class of beneficiaries of the CIGNA Pension Plan, the Supreme Court of the United States reached three conclusions that have significant repercussions for benefit plan sponsors and benefit plan litigation.

Wilber H. Boies PC.

Seventh Circuit reverses summary judgment in kraft ERISA "excessive fees" case

USA - April 14 2011 On April 11, 2011, a divided Seventh Circuit panel reversed summary judgment in favor of Kraft Foods Global, Inc. in a class action ERISA breach of fiduciary duty case involving “excessive fees” claims in connection with Kraft’s 401(k) plan.

Supreme Court affirms that plan administrators’ interpretations of a plan document must receive deference

USA - April 23 2010 The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent Conkright v. Frommert decision is an important confirmation of a plan administrator’s authority to interpret the terms of a benefit plan and serves as a reminder for plan sponsors to review the terms of their benefit plans to ensure that they contain sufficient discretionary language.

James G. Isaac, Wilber H. Boies PC.