Release Agreements Employee Retirement Income Security Act

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ERISA Case Highlights Importance of Written Releases at Termination of Employment: Sullivan v. Stanadyne Corporation

A federal court has dismissed claims for enhanced retirement benefits in a case highlighting a participant’s written release of claims at the time of his employment termination. Sullivan v. Stanadyne Corporation, Case No....more

Seventh Circuit: Terminated Employee’s Release Agreement Bars Pension Claim, ERISA’s Anti-Alienation Provision Does Not Apply

The Seventh Circuit dismissed a former employee’s claim for additional pension benefits after concluding that a release agreement he signed had waived any claims that arose prior to the signing of the release and his claim...more

ERISA: Releases Should Explicitly Release ERISA Claims and ERISA Plan

Here’s a unique twist: Does that workers’ compensation settlement agreement release the ERISA disability claim? Probably not, unless the release explicitly mentions ERISA claims and the ERISA Plan....more

A Guide to Contract Interpretation - February 2013

Introduction - Transactional attorneys and litigators often take a very different approach toward contracts. Transactional attorneys focus on the ex ante — the relationship between the parties before there is a dispute....more

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