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J. Robert Sheppard III

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Eighth Circuit Affirms Enforcement of ERISA Plan Forum Selection Clause

The Eighth Circuit enforced an ERISA plan’s forum selection clause and denied plaintiff’s appeal to have her lawsuit for disability benefits transferred back to the District of Arizona.  Plaintiff Lorna Clause, who lives in Arizona, is a participant of the Ascension Long-Term Disability Plan.  Her application for disability benefits was denied.  After exhausting her administrative … Continue Reading

Federal District Court Enforces Forum Selection Clause Contained in ERISA Plan

A federal district court in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania transferred an ERISA lawsuit against Caterpillar Inc. to the Northern District of Illinois after finding the forum selection clause contained in the governing plan was valid and enforceable.  In so ruling, the court deepened an already existing split among district courts as to the enforceability … Continue Reading

District Court Finds Forum Selection Clause Unenforceable in ERISA Action

A federal district court in Illinois ruled that a plan’s forum selection was unenforceable because it conflicts with ERISA’s public policy of providing plaintiffs “ready access to the Federal courts.” Darlene Harris purchased a life insurance policy for her husband and paid the required policy premiums until his death.  When Harris sought the policy benefits, … Continue Reading

Court Declines to Decide Whether ERISA Protects Employee From Reprisal For Informal Complaint

A federal court in Missouri was asked to determine whether a former employee proved a viable claim for retaliation under ERISA Section 510 by virtue of being terminated after she sent emails disparaging the company’s owner and protesting certain actions.  As applicable here, Section 510 prohibits employers from terminating an employee “because he has given … Continue Reading
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