Caterpillar Workers' Spouses Lose Benefits Bid In 6th Circ.

Law360, Los Angeles (January 9, 2013, 12:36 PM EST) -- The Sixth Circuit ruled Monday that surviving spouses of Caterpillar Inc. employees cannot make the machinery company provide them with lifetime no-cost medical benefits, as they claimed was promised in a collective bargaining agreement, because they filed their lawsuit too late.

A three-judge federal appeals panel agreed with Caterpillar that the subclass' claims, filed in 2006, related to benefits changes that occurred in 1992 and were barred by a six-year statute of limitations.

The court ruled that this particular group of plaintiffs, surviving spouses of Caterpillar...
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