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Ninth Circuit Revives ERISA Breach of Fiduciary Duty Claim for Company’s Misrepresentation of Lifetime Health Benefits

In Warmenhoven v. NetApp, Inc., No. 19-16960, __F.4th__, 2021 WL 4143107 (9th Cir. Sept. 13, 2021), Defendant-Appellee NetApp promised Plaintiff-Appellant Daniel Warmenhoven and other executives lifetime medical benefits under the…

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Seventh Circuit Holds ERISA Claims Are Arbitrable but Arbitration Provision Forbidding Plan-Wide Relief Is Unenforceable

In Smith v. Bd. of Directors of Triad Mfg., Inc., No. 20-2708, __F.4th__, 2021 WL 4129456 (7th Cir. Sept. 10, 2021), Plaintiff-Appellee James Smith sued the fiduciaries of the Triad’s…

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D.C. Circuit Affirms Denial of Multiemployer Pension Plan Benefits to Employee Not Deemed a Participant in the Plan

In Anthony v. International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers District Lodge 1, et al., No. 20-7036, __F.App’x__, 2021 WL 4056297 (D.C. Cir. Sept. 3, 2021), Plaintiff-Appellant Gary Anthony appealed…

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Tenth Circuit: Seventh Amendment’s Civil Jury Trial Guarantee Does Not Apply to ERISA Benefits Action

In Cruz v. Reliance Standard Life Insurance Company, No. 21-2018, __F.App’x__, 2021 WL 3889924 (10th Cir. Sept. 1, 2021), Plaintiff-Appellant Eldie Cruz, M.D. appealed the district court’s determination that he…

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Sixth Circuit Upholds Procter & Gamble’s Denial of Disability Benefits for Claimant with Rare Gastrointestinal Disorder

In Lloyd v. Procter & Gamble Disability Benefit Plan, et al., No. 20-4329, __F.App’x__, 2021 WL 4026683 (6th Cir. Sept. 3, 2021), Plaintiff-Appellant Mark Lloyd appealed the district court’s judgment…

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Eleventh Circuit: Employer Did Not Violate ERISA Section 510 When It Terminated Employee for Cause

In Hawthorn v. Georgia-Pacific Brewton, LLC, et al., No. 21-10142, __F.App’x__, 2021 WL 3852231 (11th Cir. Aug. 30, 2021), Plaintiff-Appellant George Hawthorn appealed the district court’s grant of summary judgment…

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