10th Circ. Affirms Dismissal Of Qwest ERISA Suit

Law360, New York (July 21, 2009, 2:38 PM EDT) -- A federal appeals court has affirmed the dismissal of a class action that challenged changes to a Qwest Communications International Inc. employee benefit plan that eliminated a death benefit.

In a ruling issued Friday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit concluded that the district court had properly granted summary judgment in favor of defendants.

The dispute is centered on a pension plan Qwest inherited from U.S. West in a 2000 merger, particularly a pensioner death benefit that was included in the plan....
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