Mahle Dodges ERISA Suit Over “Free and Clear” Sale

Law360, Los Angeles (October 22, 2013, 9:54 PM EDT) -- A Michigan federal judge Tuesday threw out a pension dispute against Mahle Engine Components USA Inc., ruling that the company did not assume an engine part factory’s pension liabilities when it bought the facility after its owner filed for bankruptcy.

U.S. District Judge Janet T. Neff granted Mahle’s motion for summary judgment in the Employee Retirement Income Security Acts suit filed by the International Union, United Automobile and Aerospace Agricultural Implement Workers of America on behalf of former workers at the Michigan plant.

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