Federal Court Dismisses Ex-Workers’ ESOP Suit Against Seafood Co.

A Georgia federal court recently dismissed an ERISA proposed class action suit filed by former Inland Fresh Seafood Corp. of America Inc. workers concerning alleged mismanagement of the employee stock ownership plan (ESOP). The judge granted the motions to dismiss from Inland, its ESOP committee, a group of company executives, and the trustee of the company ESOP based on the plaintiffs’ failure to exhaust their Read More

United Behavioral Health Files Cert Petition Over Mental Health Coverage Loss

United Behavioral Health (UBH) and the Alcatel-Lucent Medical Expense Plan, an employee health plan now owned by Nokia, have filed a petition for a writ of certiorari before the U.S. Supreme Court. They are seeking to overturn a decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit affirming Utah’s court ruling against them for failing to cover a middle school student’s inpatient mental health treatment and Read More

U.S. Supreme Court Denies Cert in ERISA Class Action Suit Against Hilton

The U.S. Supreme Court has denied Hilton Hotels’ petition for certiorari seeking review of a decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit that reinstated retirement plan participants’ request for class certification in an Employment Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) case. The case is Hilton Hotels Retirement Plan et al. v. Valerie White et al., case number 23-166, U.S. Supreme Court. A panel of Read More

Sprint, Former Employees Urge Kansas Federal Court to Approve $3.5M Deal to Resolve Benefit Calculation Suit

Three former Sprint Communications employees asked a Kansas federal court to approve its multimillion-dollar proposed class action against Sprint, which the parties reached through mediation. According to the former employees, the settlement will permit them to end their suit without testing their novel legal theory while still increasing their pension benefits for life and the benefits for their Read More

5 Important ERISA Decisions Rounded Out 2023

Federal appellate courts issued various decisions involving the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) in the latter half of 2023. Here are five important ERISA decisions that benefits attorneys should know. Cunningham et al. v. Cornell University et al., case number 21-88, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued an opinion affirming the Read More

Law Firm Enlists Lockheed Martin Workers in Potential Suit to Challenge Health Care Costs

The New York City Law Firm Fairmark Partners is investigating filing a class action lawsuit against aerospace company Lockheed Martin regarding its handling of employee healthcare premium contributions. As a result, the law firm is soliciting feedback from current and former Lockheed Martin employees on the TopClassActions website. Fairmark cites dramatically increasing healthcare costs as the impetus for its Read More

Senate Advances New Bill Seeking PBM Reform

The Senate Finance Committee unanimously voted to advance the Better Mental Health Care, Lower-Cost Drugs and Extenders Act, a comprehensive bill seeking increased transparency and comprehensive PBM reform. The bill also would create a list of discounted drugs with high rebates available in Medicare Part D and address various other healthcare issues. Among the provisions in the bill are the following: The Read More

11th Circuit to Consider Legality of Exclusion of Transgender Medical Care from Plan

A panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit recently heard oral arguments in the appeal of an unlawful discrimination case involving a county health plan’s exclusion of coverage of gender transition surgery. The case is Anna Lange v. Houston County, Georgia, et al., case number 22-13626, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Houston County, Georgia, and its Sheriff, Cullen Talton, appealed Read More

Met Opera Faces ERISA Suit Stemming from “Extra Musician” Retirement Plan Rule

An oboist who performed as an extra musician for the New York Metropolitan Opera for more than 30 years filed suit against the company, alleging that it allegedly restricted access to its retirement plan for extra musicians in violation of ERISA. The case is Sharon Meekins v. The Metropolitan Opera Association Retirement Plan et al., case number 1:23-cv-09990, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New Read More

Former Employee Dismisses ERISA 401(k) Suit Concerning BlackRock Funds

A former employee of Advance Publications, Inc., the holding company for Conde Nast, voluntarily dismissed his proposed class action ERISA 401(k) suit over poorly performing BlackRock funds. Ex-worker Jermaine Anderson had the opportunity to raise ERISA claims in a second amended complaint following the dismissal of his amended complaint but instead chose to dismiss the lawsuit. The dismissal comes as similar Read More