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Mealey's Labor & Employment - ERISA Prohibited Transaction Claims Alleged Against Disability Insurer Dismissed

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A District of Columbia federal judge on June 6 dismissed claims alleging that a short-term disability (STD) insurance provider violated the Employee Retirement Income Security Act by engaging in prohibited transactions after determining that the plan's trustees failed to prove...

Mealey's Labor & Employment - High Court Refuses To Grant Life Insurer's Petition In ERISA Beneficiary Dispute

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Supreme Court on June 11 denied a life insurer's petition for writ of certiorari challenging a lower court's finding that a divorce decree suffices as a qualified domestic relations order (QDRO) that "clearly specifies" a decedent's daughter as the beneficiary...

Mealey's Labor & Employment - 8th Circuit Affirms: Arkansas PBM Regulations Preempted By ERISA

ST. LOUIS - An Arkansas federal judge did not err in deeming a 2015 state law that governs the conduct of pharmacy benefits managers (PBMs) preempted by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, the Eighth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled June 8 (Pharmaceutical Care Management Association v. Leslie...

Mealey's Labor & Employment - Majority: CBAs Unambiguously Do Not Provide For Lifetime Retiree Health Care Benefits

CINCINNATI - A majority of the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on June 8 reversed a lower court's finding that plaintiffs satisfied their burden of proving that Honeywell International Inc. agreed to provide lifetime health care benefits to retirees from its Greenville, Ohio, plant, concluding...

Mealey's Labor & Employment - Judgment Entered Against Foot Locker In Pension Plan Dispute; Counsel Awarded $95M

NEW YORK - A federal judge in New York on June 8 entered an order of final judgment in favor of plaintiffs who claimed that Foot Locker Inc. violated the Employee Retirement Income Securities Act by failing to properly provide retirement plan participants with notices about changes to the plan and found...

Mealey's Labor & Employment - D.C. Judge Rules Against Delta Pilots, Says Trustee Not Arbitrary, Capricious

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Allegations by a putative class of approximately 1,700 former Delta Air Lines Inc. pilots that final benefits determinations made under their retirement plan violated the Employee Retirement Income Security Act were rejected June 11 by a District of Columbia federal judge, who found...

Mealey's Labor & Employment - 4th Circuit Upholds Arbitration Denial In Cable Tech's Pay Class Suit

RICHMOND, Va. - A Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel on June 12 affirmed denial of a motion to compel arbitration in a wage-and-hour class complaint by a cable technician, ruling that the technician's claims don't rely on the agreements he signed that reference arbitration and the district...

Mealey's Labor & Employment - Interlocutory Appeal Granted To Decide Personal Jurisdiction Class Dispute

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A District of Columbia federal judge on June 11 granted a motion to certify for interlocutory appeal a March order to allow the District of Columbia Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals to rule on whether the jurisdictional limits outlined in Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court of...

Mealey's Labor & Employment - Kentucky Federal Judge Finds Sexual Orientation Is Not Protected Under Title VII

OWENSBORO, Ky. - Bias based on a worker's sexual orientation is not barred under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 or Kentucky state law, a Kentucky federal judge ruled June 12, citing a 2009 decision by the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals (Terry Lindsey v. Management & Training Corporation...

Mealey's Labor & Employment - 5th Circuit: Hospital Seeking Benefits Doesn't Need Specific Language From Every Plan

NEW ORLEANS - A Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel on June 12 partially reinstated a hospital's claims for unpaid or underpaid benefits, ruling that claims for benefits under 29 U.S.C. Section 1132(a)(1)(B) don't need to identify the specific language of every plan provision to survive...

Mealey's Labor & Employment - CSX To Pay $3.2M To Settle EEOC Sex Bias Case

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - A West Virginia federal judge on June 12 signed off on a $3.2 million settlement to be paid by CSX Transportation Inc. to end a lawsuit by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleging that required strength tests for certain jobs was discriminatory against women (U.S. Equal...

Mealey's Labor & Employment - Supreme Court Won't Review ERISA Ruling Allowing Insured To Sue Hospital

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Supreme Court on June 18 declined to review a ruling by Oklahoma's top court finding an insured's class action challenging a health care provider's billing practices outside of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act's preemptive powers (INTEGRIS Health...

Mealey's Labor & Employment - U.S. High Court Won't Hear Exotic Dancers' Wage Suit, 3 Other Employment Appeals

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Supreme Court on June 18 denied a petition for writ of certiorari filed by a gentleman's club after an appeals court declined to enforce arbitration agreements given to the club's exotic dancers after a wage-and-hour complaint was already filed and also denied petitions...

Mealey's Labor & Employment - Panel Reverses Ruling, Says Beneficiary Denied A Full And Fair Review Under ERISA

NEW ORLEANS - The Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on June 14 determined that a life insurer abused its discretion in denying a beneficiary's claim for life insurance benefits because the beneficiary was denied a full and fair review under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act and the denial...

Mealey's Labor & Employment - 7th Circuit Affirms: Daughter Not Entitled To Mother's Pension

CHICAGO - A denial of pension benefits sought by the daughter of a plan participant who died three days after retirement and three days before the start of her pension was neither arbitrary nor capricious, a unanimous Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel ruled June 13 (Estate of Linda Faye Jones...

Mealey's Labor & Employment - Disability Benefits Suit Remanded For Determination On Equitable Remedy

SAN FRANCISCO - The Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on June 15 remanded a disability benefits dispute to the district court to determine whether the claimant is entitled to equitable relief based on the disability plan's failure to properly offset the claimant's disability benefits (Petar...

Mealey's Labor & Employment - Facebook Instant Messages Deemed Discoverable In Anthem ERISA Class Action

INDIANAOLIS - In light of a defendant's showing of relevance and the plaintiffs' failure to establish privilege, an Indiana federal magistrate judge on June 14 concluded that a Facebook instant message string between two named plaintiffs was not covered by a protective order in a putative class...

Mealey's Labor & Employment - Claims Related To Alleged Target Stock Inflation Cannot Stand, Judge Says

MINNEAPOLIS - A Minnesota federal judge on June 15 dismissed a complaint alleging that Target Corp. and its 401(k) plan failed to protect its 401(k) plan participants despite allegedly knowing that the company's stock was artificially inflated after determining that the plaintiffs failed to sufficiently...

Mealey's Labor & Employment - 5th Circuit Upholds Verdict For Veterans Home In Worker's Disability Bias Suit

NEW ORLEANS - A Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel on June 18 rejected an appeal by a former veterans home worker who challenged a verdict in her former employer's favor and the jury instructions in her disability bias suit filed after she was terminated while placed on light-duty tasks following...

Mealey's Labor & Employment - En Banc Rehearing Denied By 6th Circuit In ERISA Lump-Sum Pension Payment Dispute

CINCINNATI - The Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on June 18 denied a petition for rehearing en banc filed by former employees of Norton Healthcare Inc. challenging lump-sum pension payments after an appellate panel on May 10 vacated a district court's grant of summary judgment in favor of the...

Mealey's Labor & Employment - Patient's HIPAA Claim Over Lab's Privacy Failure Dismissed By Federal Judge

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Because the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) does not provide for a private cause of action, a District of Columbia federal judge on June 15 granted a diagnostic laboratory's motion to dismiss a complaint alleging that the lab violated the act by not...

Mealey's Labor & Employment - Denny's Employees Assert UCL, Labor Code Claims In California Court

SAN FRANCISCO - A group of restaurant workers on June 18 sued the restaurant and its owner in a California state court, asserting claims for violation of California's unfair competition law (UCL) and labor code (Pedro Mejia Garcia v. Nass Enterprise Inc., No. 567366, Calif. Super., San Francisco...

Mealey's Labor & Employment - Former Jones Day Partner Files Gender Bias Suit Against Firm Under PAGA

SAN FRANCISCO - A former Jones Day partner filed a Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) representative action complaint on June 19 in a California state court on behalf of herself and other female attorneys employed by the firm in California, alleging that it operates as a "fraternity" where...

Mealey's Labor & Employment - Employer Must Reimburse Funds For Delinquent Contributions, Panel Says

PHILADELPHIA - The Third Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on June 19 affirmed a district court's ruling that an employer is required to reimburse its employees' retirement funds for delinquent contributions because the collective bargaining agreement requires the employer to make contributions on...

Mealey's Labor & Employment - Final Approval Granted In $5 Million Maine Dairy Serial Comma Employment Dispute

PORTLAND, Maine - A Maine federal judge on June 19 granted final approval of a $5 million settlement to be paid by a Maine dairy company to end a wage-and-hour class lawsuit stemming from the lack of a serial comma in a list of activities exempted from Maine's overtime law (Christopher O'Connor...