Hospital Network Can't Escape ERISA Church Plan Suit

By Emily Brill (March 27, 2019, 8:10 PM EDT) -- An Indiana federal judge refused Wednesday to toss claims that a hospital network exaggerated its connection with the Catholic Church to obtain an exemption from the Employee Retirement Income Security Act before shorting its pension plan by $320 million.

U.S. District Judge Robert L. Miller Jr. wrote in his opinion and order that he "can't tell at this stage" whether Franciscan Alliance Inc.'s pension plan qualified for the exemption, so it doesn't make sense to grant Franciscan's motion to dismiss the proposed class action.

He rejected the hospital network's argument that the plaintiffs — a group of retirees seeking to represent everyone who...

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