Seattle Hotel Benefits Suit Stayed After State Court Nixes Law

Law360 (January 2, 2019, 7:57 PM EST) -- A Washington federal judge has paused the ERISA Industry Commitee's challenge to a section of Seattle's municipal code governing hotel employee health benefits after a state appeals court found that the ordinance as a whole lacks coherence and violates the city's charter and state law.

U.S. District Judge Thomas S. Zilly stayed the case on Dec. 27, asking ERIC and Seattle to file a joint status report about how the court should proceed now that the entire ordinance had been invalidated by a Washington appeals court on Dec. 24. The judge also struck without prejudice a stipulation between ERIC and Seattle...

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