Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Michigan Federal Judge Rules Pension Plan Is ERISA Church Plan

DETROIT - A federal judge in Michigan on May 9 granted a Catholic health organization's motion to dismiss a class action complaint brought by a participant in its pension plan who is challenging the organization's claims that its pension plans are church plans exempt from the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, finding that the organization is controlled by or associated with a church (Marilyn Overall v. Ascension Health, et al., No. 13-11396, E.D. Mich.; 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 64116).

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