Electrical Co. Wage Suit Not Preempted By ERISA, Judge Says

Law360, New York (April 3, 2012, 4:20 PM EDT) -- An Indiana federal judge ruled last week that a group of former L-A Electric employees' claims over allegedly improper deductions from their paychecks were specific to state law and are not preempted by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act.

In remanding the suit to the state’s Allen County Superior Court and declining to address the defendants' motion to dismiss, U.S. District Judge Jon DeGuilio said on March 28 that even though some of the employees’ benefit plans fall under ERISA, their state wage claims do not...
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