6th Circ. Lets Philips Off Hook In Retiree Benefits Dispute

Law360, New York (October 31, 2012, 6:48 PM EDT) -- The Sixth Circuit said Wednesday that a Koninklijke Philips Electronics NV unit hadn't violated a collective bargaining agreement by refusing to provide a putative class of retirees lifetime health insurance, finding there was nothing in the contract granting the benefits.

The appeals court had previously overturned a ruling that effectively dismissed the suit — brought by hourly employees who formerly worked at an Ottawa, Ohio, plant, as well as salaried employees who worked for the Philips unit in Ann Arbor, Mich. — but after the district...
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