High Court Asked To Define 'Participant' Of ERISA Benefit Plan

Law360, Los Angeles (October 4, 2013, 4:57 PM EDT) -- A former ConocoPhillips Co. manager has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to define a "participant" in a benefit plan under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, arguing a lower court improperly refused to remand his state breach-of-contract claims against ConocoPhillips even though he wasn't a participant in an ERISA-covered company benefit plan.

In a petition for certiorari dated Oct. 1, John D. Clayton contended the Fifth Circuit erred in upholding a Texas federal court's ruling denying his motion to remand the suit to state court. Federal...
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