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Seyfarth Shaw LLP | USA | 7 Jun 2019

Ninth Circuit Rules that a Domestic Partner Under California State Law Was a Spouse for an ERISA Plan

In an unpublished decision dated May 16, 2019, the Ninth Circuit held that a plan administrator abused its discretion by denying surviving spouse


Seyfarth Shaw LLP | USA | 29 Mar 2019

Issue 119: Court Vacates New Rules on Association Health Plans

This is the one hundred and nineteenth issue in our series of alerts for employers on selected topics on Health Care Reform. (Click here to access


Seyfarth Shaw LLP | USA | 7 Nov 2018

Plaintiffs Must Do More Than Claim A Breach of Fiduciary Duty to State An ERISA Claim

A recent case from the Eastern District of Pennsylvania reaffirms the basic principle that a threshold element of any ERISA claim is pleading the


Seyfarth Shaw LLP | USA | 28 Jun 2018

Is Arbitration the Future for ERISA Claims?

In light of the Supreme Court’s ruling upholding class-action waivers in workplace arbitration programs, ERISA plan sponsors are increasingly


Seyfarth Shaw LLP | USA | 21 Mar 2018

Third Circuit Adopts Plan Friendly Interpretation of a MentalNervous Limitation

In Krash v. Reliance Standard Life Insurance Group, No. 17-1814, the Third Circuit affirmed the judgment of the Middle District of Pennsylvania, which


Seyfarth Shaw LLP | USA | 31 May 2017

Eighth Circuit grants slight reprieve to mother of transgender son in ACA discrimination suit

The Eighth Circuit upheld dismissal of Title VII claims challenging an employee benefit plan’s blanket transgender exclusion because the exclusion


Seyfarth Shaw LLP | USA | 15 May 2017

Grounding Deferential Review in California - No Preemption for Discretionary Clause Ban

In a decision with wide ranging implications, the Ninth Circuit has ruled that a discretionary clause in an employer drafted plan document is subject


Seyfarth Shaw LLP | USA | 10 May 2017

Eighth Circuit Jimmies The Lid On Pandora’s Box

In an opinion that may result in increasingly complex ERISA benefits litigation, the Eighth Circuit has allowed a breach of fiduciary duty claim


Seyfarth Shaw LLP | USA | 28 Mar 2017

Administrative Exhaustion As a Defense to Statutory ERISA Claims? Not So Much.

In a decision earlier this month, the Sixth Circuit joined six other circuit courts in holding that ERISA claims that seek vindication of statutory


Seyfarth Shaw LLP | USA | 8 Mar 2017

Does the Fiduciary Exception Apply to Legal Advice Received By Insurers During the Claims Process

Adding to the body of conflicting authority on the scope of the attorney-client privilege in ERISA lawsuits, a district court has found that the

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