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Third Circuit Rejects Claim for Lifetime Medical Benefits

Several retired employees of Dominion Energy Transmission, Inc. sued their former employer alleging that they were entitled to lifetime healthcare benefits, and the unilateral changes made by Dominion to their post-retirement medical benefits violated ERISA.  The Third Circuit concluded that the retirees failed to state a claim.  Applying ordinary principles of contract interpretation, the Court … Continue Reading

No Class Arbitration Available in PBM Case

The Eighth Circuit recently concluded that there was no contractual basis to conclude that a pharmacy benefit manager agreed to class arbitration with four pharmacies because the agreement did not use the word “class” or refer to class arbitration in any way.  The Court also rejected the pharmacies’ argument that there was “implicit authorization” for … Continue Reading

District Court Enforces Forum Selection Clause in Employer’s Benefits Plan

A federal district court in North Carolina enforced a forum selection clause in a short-term disability plan and on that basis transferred the case to Wisconsin federal court.  In so ruling, the court explained that ERISA’s venue provision is permissive, not mandatory, and thus rejected the plaintiff’s argument that ERISA’s venue provision guaranteed her a … Continue Reading

Seventh Circuit: Agreement for Retiree Healthcare Benefits Survives Agreement’s Termination

The Seventh Circuit held that retirees and their families were entitled to lifetime healthcare benefits because, although the healthcare agreement that had been negotiated by their union had expired, it provided that covered individuals “shall not have such coverage terminated or reduced . . . notwithstanding the expiration of this Agreement, except as the Company … Continue Reading
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