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As a reaction to the dramatic oil price volatility, many energy companies plan to streamline operations by reducing work force and shedding assets. Those who do so face tightening credit and decline in asset value that may...more
Employers must compete in the marketplace for talented employees at every level—both in recruitment and retention. It is thus in employers’ best interests to provide employee benefit plans that are attractive to employees and...more
In This Presentation:
- Stephens v. Citation Corp. (N.D. Ala. 2010) (Acker, J.)
- Erisa Topics Today
- ERISA Preemption: Good or Bad?
- Provident Internal Memorandum re: ERISA, Oct. 2,...more
Our first article this month addresses the treatment of the attorney-client privilege in employee benefits matters. Pursuant to the so-called "fiduciary exception," communications between an attorney and a plan fiduciary are...more
It is generally understood that communications between clients and lawyers are privileged and that the substance of those conversations may not be divulged to third parties except in the rarest of circumstances. In the...more
In This Issue:
- Editor's Overview
- View from Proskauer: Are Your Conversations Privileged under ERISA?
- Rulings, Filings, and Settlements of Interest
A court has ruled that Merck’s production of documents to the government under a confidentiality agreement during the Vioxx investigation waived any confidentiality or privilege; documents that Merck had previously disclosed...more
In an opinion authored by Judge Berzon for Stephan v. Unum Life Insurance Company of America, 697 F.3d 917 (9th Cir. 2012), the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals reviewed the Northern District of California’s decision to uphold...more
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