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Window Co. Owes Retiree Class Benefits, 6th Circ. Says

Law360, New York (May 3, 2012, 5:37 PM EDT) -- The Sixth Circuit upheld a ruling Thursday that a class of Newell Operating Co. Inc. retirees was entitled to health care benefits as promised under pre-1998 collective bargaining agreements, finding the window maker could not dodge liability as a successor company.

The litigation arose out of Newell's November 2005 announcement that it would consolidate all retiree health care plans for administration by CIGNA Healthcare, and that an increased premium would be charged to all retirees across the board effective Jan. 1, 2006.

The union along with...
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