ERISA Litigation In 2015 And A Forecast For The Year Ahead

Law360, New York (January 4, 2016, 5:32 PM EST) -- Brian D. Netter

Nancy G. Ross

Gary B. DeTurck No surprise to the seasoned benefits attorney, 2015 was another banner year for ERISA litigation and set the stage for an active and pivotal 2016.

2015 — A Year in Review

The year began with the U.S. Supreme Court's much-anticipated decision in M&G Polymers USA v. Tackett. At issue was how to determine whether retiree benefits under a collective bargaining agreement have "vested," thus requiring the employer to pay such benefits for the life of each covered retiree. The underlying collective bargaining agreement in Tackett did not explicitly promise lifetime health care benefits, and...

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