Federal Court Has Jurisdiction Over Foreign ERISA Plan Administrator

Federal Court Has Jurisdiction Over Foreign ERISA Plan Administrator

NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge in Louisiana ruled May 16 that the court had personal jurisdiction over a French company because the company had sufficient minimum contacts with Louisiana through its actions as a disability insurance plan administrator and that the plan's arbitration clause, which required a claimant appealing an adverse benefit determination to arbitrate in France and pay costs, was unenforceable under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), 29 U.S.C.S. § 1001 et seq.  (Otha Michael Williams v. Association de Prevoyance Interentreprises, et al.,  No. 11-1664, E.D. La.; 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 68488).

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