Supreme Court Refuses To Pick Up AT&T Benefits Action

Law360, New York (December 5, 2011, 2:16 PM EST) -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to consider whether a putative class of retirees can bring an Employee Retirement Income Security Act suit claiming AT&T Inc. wrongly ended a telephone services reimbursement program after buying out their former employer.

The high court rejected the plaintiffs' petition to examine a Fifth Circuit ruling earlier this year that the retirees were not entitled to seek damages under ERISA, as the phone service reimbursement plan didn't qualify as a component of a pension plan under the act....
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