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Employee Benefits

180 ABA Journal Employee Benefits articles.

Insurance coverage denials not unusual when illegal behavior is alleged, but not proven

Monroe Bird III had health insurance when he was shot by an apartment complex security guard, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. But his coverage was denied based on his alleged activities that…

Federal Circuit: US must pay attorney’s fee to lawyer who took veteran’s case 20 years ago

Nearly 20 years after he agreed to represent a U.S. military veteran in a disability case, a Maine lawyer has gotten a definitive answer about his 20-percent contingent attorney fee.

9th Circuit: In ERISA case where appeal period ended on a Saturday, filing deadline becomes Monday

Saying that a rule often applied to court filing deadlines also makes sense in administrative ERISA matters, a federal appeals court Thursday revived a former FedEx worker’s disability benefits case.

Illinois state pension law declared unconstitutional

A landmark state pension law was declared unconstitutional Friday by the Illinois Supreme Court.

Justice Lloyd Karmeier, writing for a unanimous court, said the law violated a provision of the…

Midwest law firm wins record $62M settlement from Lockheed in suit over 401(k) fees

Lockheed Martin Corp. has agreed to pay $62 million to settle a federal lawsuit by a St. Louis law firm contending that it charged excessive fees and in its 401(k)…

McDonald’s sued by former employees over ‘racist’ franchise in Virginia

Ten former employees of a McDonald’s franchisee in Virginia are suing the company over allegations of racism, sexual harassment and wrongful termination at three of its Virginia restaurants.

The lawsuit,…

Widow of longtime FedEx worker sues over denial of spouse’s pension benefits

The same-sex widow of a longtime FedEx worker is suing the company, saying it refused to pay her spousal survivor’s benefits.

The suit (PDF), filed Wednesday in federal court…

Court to weigh whether employers must accommodate pregnant workers with the same limits as others

2nd Circuit says judge abused discretion by denying attorney fees in ERISA case

A federal appeals court says a district court abused its discretion by denying attorney fees in an Employment Retirement Income Security Act case in which an insurance company was found…

Suit over 401(k) losses in employer’s own stock gets SCOTUS review

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to decide what type of proof is needed when employees sue over 401(k) losses in their employer’s own stock.

The court accepted a class…

Contraceptive mandate blocked by 7th Circuit

A federal appeals court based in Chicago has blocked the so-called contraceptive mandate that requires companies to provide contraceptive coverage in group health-care plans for employees.

The 7th U.S. Circuit…

After former friend’s tip-off, onetime BigLaw partner loses disability benefits

Terri Truitt said she had so much pain from a back, leg and foot injury that she was unable to continue practicing law.

Truitt, a partner in the Houston office…

Strippers are club employees and should be paid minimum wage, federal judge rules

Exotic dancers at a New York City strip club are club employees and are entitled to be paid a minimum wage, a federal judge has held.

U.S. District Judge Paul…

Federal judge rules military can’t deny survivor benefits to veteran’s same-sex spouse

The U.S. military can’t deny spousal benefits for individuals in same-sex marriages, a Los Angeles federal judge ruled Thursday, because doing so serves no purpose.

The case was filed by…

Cozen partner’s surviving same-sex spouse gets her law firm profit-sharing fund, federal judge rules

The surviving same-sex spouse of a deceased Cozen O’Connor partner is entitled to receive the attorney’s $49,000 law firm profit-sharing balance, a federal judge has ruled.

Last month’s U.S. Supreme…

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