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Legal News Podcast - Divided 7th Circuit: Elimination Of Retiree Health Benefit Doesn't Violate ERISA

A Virginia federal judge finds Viagra patents are valid and infringed, and the 7th Circuit holds in John Sullivan, et al. v. CUNA Mutual Insurance Society, et al., No. 10-1558, 7th Cir.; 2011 U.S. App. LEXIS 16413 , that elimination of a retiree health benefit does not violate ERISA. Hear these and other...

No ERISA Preemption for Unfair Insurance Practices in Montana

By Barry Zalma, Attorney and Consultant In 1987 the U.S. Supreme Court decided Pilot Life Insurance Co. V. Dedeaux, 481 U.S. 41, 95 L. Ed. 2d 39, 107 S. Ct. 1549 (U.S. 04/06/1987) , that held that the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA), 88 Stat. 829, as amended, 29 U. S. C. §...

Health Insurance at the Intersection of State and Federal Regulation: Confused Regulation of ERISA Fully Insured MEWAs

By R. Dean Conlin, Partner, Locke, Lord, Bissell & Liddell, L.P. Small employers have struggled to have the same funding and plan design flexibility and uniform plan coverage for group health insurance as larger employers. A fully insured, multiple employer welfare arrangement ("MEWA"...