Robert Bosch Retirees Win Class Cert. In Benefits Spat

Law360, New York (March 25, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A federal judge has certified a class of retired workers at four Robert Bosch Corp. plants in Ohio and Tennessee who accuse the auto parts manufacturer of violating labor contracts and collective bargaining agreements that provided the retirees with free or fixed-premium health insurance for life.

Judge David D. Dowd Jr. of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio on Tuesday agreed to certify the class, as well as two subclasses.

A half-dozen Bosch retirees sued the company in November 2007, arguing that...
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