10th Circ. Won't Revive El Paso Workers' Pension Suit

Law360, Los Angeles (August 11, 2011, 7:54 PM EDT) -- The Tenth Circuit on Thursday affirmed a lower court's ruling that El Paso Corp. didn't discriminate against a proposed class of employees by switching payment benefits on its pension plan, holding that changes made to the plan benefited older employees.

A three-judge panel upheld a decision by a Colorado federal court that nixed the workers' claim that the transition period to El Paso's new pension plan backloaded their retirement benefits — a violation of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act — because the new plan allegedly...
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