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Ninth Circuit Invalidates Class Action Waivers in Mandatory Arbitration Agreements

At the end of 2015, Governor Jerry Brown vetoed AB 465, which would have banned mandatory arbitration agreements in the employment setting, including arbitration agreements with class action waivers. As many employers know,...more

Federal Court Finds Depository Bank Not Liable to Third Party for Mobile Remote Deposit Capture Fraud

A recent federal court case in Illinois has addressed whether a depository bank can be held liable for negligence when its customer deposits a check by mobile remote deposit capture, and the bank fails to prevent the customer...more

Class Actions Back from Verge of Extinction

Back in 2011 it looked like class actions would join the mastodon, the dodo bird and other extinct species. In AT&T v. Mobility v. Concepcion, Justice Scalia and the conservative majority held that the Federal Arbitration...more

Michigan Health Insurance Claims Assessment Act is Not Preempted by ERISA

The Sixth Circuit, has decided, on remand from the Supreme Court, that the Michigan Health Insurance Claims Assessment Act (Act) is not preempted by ERISA. The Act imposes a 1 percent tax on all paid claims by insurers or...more

ERISA Preempts State Law Requiring Insurer “Prompt Payment”

Alaska’s prompt pay statute—which requires insurers to pay benefit claims within 30 days of submission—is preempted by federal laws governing employer-provided benefits and benefits for government workers, a federal judge...more

Ninth Circuit Holds that Arbitration Provision Prohibiting Concerted Actions Violates the National Labor Relations Act and is...

In Morris v. Ernst & Young, LLP (hereinafter “Morris”), the Ninth Circuit held that an arbitration provision prohibiting the filing of concerted actions, signed as a condition of employment, violated the National Labor...more

N.J. Supreme Court Rejects Defense of Federal Labor Law Preemption of CEPA Claim in Underlying Unpaid Wage Action

On August 16, 2016 the N.J. Supreme Court held, in a 6-0 opinion, that neither the federal Labor Management Relations Act nor the National Labor Relations Act preempts a claim under the Conscientious Employee Protection Act...more

California High Court Rules that Contract Principles Govern Who Decides the Availability of Class Arbitration Under an Arbitration...

On July 28, 2016, in Sandquist v. Lebo Automotive, Inc., the California Supreme Court (the “Court”) held that the underlying arbitration agreement, as interpreted under California contract principles, should determine whether...more

Wisconsin Court of Appeals Issues Reminder of Power of Federal Arbitration Act

In the last generation, the U.S. Supreme Court has repeatedly promoted the policy under federal law in favor of arbitrating claims, including in the area of employment law. Among other issues, the Court has held on multiple...more

Three Blockbuster Summer Arbitration Decisions

While regular people count down the days to summer blockbusters that come in the form of high-paid actors fighting aliens or robots, I prefer my summer blockbusters in the form of arbitration opinions that have been months in...more

Score One for the NLRB: Seventh Circuit Becomes First Federal Appeals Court to Hold that Class/Collective Action Waivers in...

The Seventh Circuit recently became the first federal appellate court to say that employers can’t prevent class/collective actions through waivers in mandatory arbitration agreements, holding that such waivers interfere with...more

ERISA: Reviewing What Needs to Be Proved to Establish the Suicide Exclusion

For many reasons, some of the toughest cases to litigate involve the application of the suicide exclusion. There is a growing body of evidence challenging suicide exclusion determinations....more

The Current State of Trade Secret Law and how the New Federal Statute Will Shape the Landscape

Trade Secret Protection Schemes: •State: Uniform Trade Secrets Act –Adopted in various forms between 1979 and 2013 •Common Law –New York and Massachusetts •Federal: Defend Trade Secrets Act –Amends the...more

Did You Tell Them? Employers' Notice Obligations Regarding Whistleblowers Under the Federal Defend Trade Secrets Act

The federal Defend Trade Secrets Act ("DTSA"), an amendment to the Theft of Trade Secrets Act, became effective May 12, 2016. The DTSA provides trade secret owners an avenue to pursue claims for trade secret misappropriation...more

Ninth Circuit Adopts California Rule Voiding Arbitration Provisions Barring Certain Representative Claims

In recent decisions, both the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the California Supreme Court have held that arbitration clauses barring employees from pursuing class actions in arbitration are unenforceable with...more

Employee Benefits Developments - April 2016

Stock Drop Case Update: Settlement Reached in Dudenhoeffer Case; Dismissal of Lehman Brothers Lawsuit Upheld. Two recent developments in stock drop litigation are worth noting: Dudenhoeffer Settlement. In Fifth Third...more

The ERISA Litigation Newsletter - April 2016

Editor's Overview - This month we feature three key developments. First, we review the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Gobeille v. Liberty Mut. Ins. Co., 136 S. Ct. 936, 947 (2016) wherein the Supreme Court held that a...more

Employee Benefit Plans and Data Security Issues

In recent weeks, much of the discussion around a recent Supreme Court case, Gobeille, has focused on ERISA preemption. But for fiduciaries of benefit plans the case can serve as a reminder of important duties that often go...more

Employee Health Plans: Good News / Bad News – State Claims Reporting Laws Do Not Apply, but Recovery of Overpayments Made More...

Employee health plans recently received good and bad news from the Supreme Court. On the upside, the Court invalidated a State law that required self-insured employee health plans (and their third-party administrators) to...more

Judge Garland’s ERISA Jurisprudence Reflects His Methodical and Moderate Reputation

With President Obama’s recent nomination of Judge Merrick B. Garland of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit to the U.S. Supreme Court, we thought our loyal readers would be interested to learn a little about Judge...more

SCOTUS ERISA Cases, Part Two: Preemption of State Healthcare Claims Database

This is the second article of a three part series summarizing employee benefit issues that are being argued in front of the U.S. Supreme Court during the current October 2015 term. Part One provided an outline of Montanile v....more

Supreme Court Exempts ERISA Plans from a State Reporting Law

In Gobeille, Chair of the Vermont Green Mountain Care Board v. Liberty Mutual Insurance Co., decided on March 1, 2016, the Supreme Court held that the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (“ERISA”) preempts...more

Gobeille v. Liberty Mutual: The Dog That Didn’t Bark, and the Next Front in the Preemption War

Recently, we reported on Gobeille v. Liberty Mutual, in which the Supreme Court invalidated the Vermont all-payer claims data base law. Applying what appeared to us as a straight-forward application of existing ERISA...more

Supreme Court Protects Health Insurers From Onerous State Claims Reporting

On Tuesday, March 1, 2016, the Supreme Court issued a ruling in Gobeille v. Liberty Mutual, finding that states do not have the authority to require self-insured plans (like Liberty Mutual Insurance Co.) to collect and report...more

Providers Beware: In ERISA Land, a Right May Not Have a Remedy

A recent U.S. Supreme Court decision reminds us that straying into the land of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (“ERISA”) can be hazardous for an unwary state or health care provider. When ERISA preempts a...more

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