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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 Enforces Forum Selection Clause in ERISA Plan

A federal district court in New York enforced an ERISA retirement plan’s forum selection clause and transferred the case to the District of New Jersey. The plaintiff argued that the forum selection clause was invalid because it conflicted with ERISA’s venue provision, which provides that an ERISA action “may be brought in the district where … Continue Reading

SCOTUS Invites Solicitor General to Submit Its View on ERISA Venue Selection Provisions

We previously reported that a split Sixth Circuit panel enforced a venue selection clause in an ERISA plan.  In so ruling, the Court rejected the U.S. Department of Labor’s attempt to regulate by amicus brief and reasoned that the Department’s brief was “an expression of mood.”  The Department, according to the Sixth Circuit:  (i) had no … Continue Reading

Venue Selection Clause Unenforceable as Contrary to Public Policy

In Coleman v. Supervalu Inc. Short Term Disability Program, 2013 WL 365263 (N.D. Ill. Jan. 31, 2013), the court denied an ERISA plan’s motion to dismiss for improper venue, holding that the venue selection clause was unenforceable. In so ruling, the court concluded that such clauses are contrary to public policy and inconsistent with congressional … Continue Reading
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