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Fifth Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Putative Class Action Against American Airlines for Allegedly Imprudent 401(k) Plan Investment Options

In Ortiz v. Am. Airlines, Inc., No. 20-10817, __F.4th__, 2021 WL 3030550 (5th Cir. July 19, 2021), Plaintiffs-Appellants Salvadora Ortiz and Thomas Scott sued Defendants-Appellees American Airlines, Inc. (“AA”); American…

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Ninth Circuit Finds Employer Waived Life Insurance Policy’s Evidence of Insurability Requirement as Agent of Insurance Company

In Cho v. First Reliance Standard Life Insurance Company, No. 20-55314, __F.App’x__, 2021 WL 2885855 (9th Cir. July 9, 2021), First Reliance Standard Life Insurance Company (“First Reliance”) appealed the…

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Sixth Circuit Affirms Unum’s Denial of Long-Term Disability Benefits Due to Employer-Specific Basis for Stress-Related Disability

In Holden v. Unum Life Insurance Company of America, No. 20-6318, __F.App’x__, 2021 WL 2836624 (6th Cir. July 8, 2021), the Sixth Circuit affirmed Unum Life Insurance Company’s decision to…

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Seventh Circuit: No Standalone Federal Cause of Action to Impose Successor Liability for Delinquent ERISA Plan Contributions

In Cent. Illinois Pipe Trades Health & Welfare Fund v. Prather Plumbing & Heating, Inc., No. 20-2525, __F.4th __, 2021 WL 2819035 (7th Cir. July 7, 2021), the Seventh Circuit…

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In Withdrawal Liability Dispute, Seventh Circuit Reaffirms Presumption That Leasing Property to a Withdrawing Employer Is a Trade or Business

In Loc. 705 Int’l Bhd. of Teamsters Pension Fund v. Pitello, No. 20-2142, __F.4th__, 2021 WL 2818326 (7th Cir. July 7, 2021), a dispute over unpaid withdrawal liability, the Plaintiff…

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Michelle Roberts is Named By Northern California Super Lawyers as a 2021 Top 100 Super Lawyer

We are pleased to announce that attorney Michelle L. Roberts has again been selected by Northern California Super Lawyers to be on its Top 100 Northern California and Top 50…

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