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High Court Reaffirms ERISA Plan Fiduciary Duty to Monitor Plan Options and Remove Imprudent Ones

Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Hughes v. Nw. Univ., No. 19-1401, __S.Ct.__, 2022 WL 199351 (U.S. Jan. 24, 2022), with the opinion for the unanimous Court delivered by Justice Sotomayor…

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Ninth Circuit Revives ERISA Claims Brought by Assignee of Healthcare Provider

In ABC Services Group, Inc. v. Aetna Health and Life Insurance Company; et al., No. 20-55821, 2022 WL 187849 (9th Cir. Jan. 20, 2022) (Before: Kleinfeld, R. Nelson, VanDyke, Circuit…

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Eleventh Circuit Affirms Denial of Untimely Post-Judgment Motion for New Trial

In Clark v. IBM, No. 21-13181, 2022 WL 176136 (11th Cir. Jan. 20, 2022), a suit involving a claim for ERISA-governed benefits, the district court dismissed Plaintiff-Appellant Blondell Garner Clark’s…

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Second Circuit: Pension Plan’s Amendment Reducing Benefits Applies to Pensioner Who Submitted Claim for Disability Pension Before Amendment Effective Date

Cannady v. Bd. of Trustees of the Boilermaker-Blacksmith Nat’l Pension Tr., Boilermaker-Blacksmith Nat’l Pension Tr., No. 20-3141-CV, 2022 WL 151298 (2d Cir. Jan. 18, 2022) involves a dispute over the…

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Ninth Circuit Holds Assignee of Bankrupt Healthcare Provider’s Health Benefit Claims Has Derivative Standing to Sue under ERISA

Bristol SL Holdings, Inc. v. Cigna Health & Life Ins. Co., No. 20-56122, __F.4th__, 2022 WL 129139 (9th Cir. Jan. 14, 2022) involves a dispute between Sure Haven, a now bankrupt…

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In Disability Benefit Dispute, Second Circuit Affirms Ability to Take Public Ground Transportation Is Not a Material Duty of Manager of Bond Salesmen

In Milano v. Provident Life & Casualty Insurance Company, et al., No. 21-97-CV, 2022 WL 103314 (2d Cir. Jan. 11, 2022), Plaintiff-Appellant Alfred Derf Milano appealed the district court’s judgment…

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