DLA's 2005 Benefits Plan 'Galactically Stupid,' Judge Says

Law360, San Francisco (January 19, 2017, 5:16 PM EST) -- A California federal judge drilled DLA Piper on its 2005 employee benefits plan that's at the center of a former associate's disability lawsuit, saying during a hearing Thursday on DLA's motion to end the suit that the fact the plan didn't account for associate attorneys was "galactically stupid."

U.S. District Court Judge Vince Chhabria questioned why DLA Piper had adopted an employee benefits plan that failed to address coverage of associate attorneys, even though those attorneys likely made up the largest group of employees at the firm.

"To adopt a plan [that fails] to account for the largest group of employees...

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