Foreign Workers' ERISA Claims Seeking Tax Refunds Are Dismissed

CHICAGO - Foreign workers' claims that the administrators of plans governed by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act improperly withheld taxes from the workers' benefits are barred by the U.S. tax code to the extent the claims seek monetary damages and injunctive and declaratory relief, a federal judge in Illinois ruled May 2 (Ramon Mejia, et al. v. Verizon Management Pension Plan, et al., No. 11 C 3949, N.D. Ill.; 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 61090).

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