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Seventh Circuit Holds that ERISA does not Preempt State “Slayer Statute”

We turn once again to the sad and difficult task that plan administrators face when distributing the benefits of a participant who has been murdered by his or her designated beneficiary. Sad for obvious reasons. Difficult...more

Biometric Privacy Targeted In Increased Class Action Litigation in Illinois

Even as technology advances and consumers become more accustomed to providing their fingerprints in routine, everyday transactions (such as unlocking their cellular phones), private entities, and employers in particular, are...more

U.S. Supreme Court Limits Availability of Civil Remedies Against Debt Collectors

On May 15, 2017, a divided U.S. Supreme Court held in Midland Funding, LLC v. Johnson that a debt collector’s filing of a facially time-barred claim in Chapter 13 bankruptcy proceedings was not a violation of the Fair Debt...more

2016 Election Analysis

Following the results of the 2016 presidential election, Bryan Cave’s Public Policy & Government Affairs Team is focusing on the policy implications of the results at both the state and federal level. Team leader Dave...more

Keeping Your (Top) Hat On

“Top hat” plans are plans employers maintain for a “select group of management or highly compensated employees.” These plans are exempt from many of ERISA’s protections, including eligibility, vesting, fiduciary...more

SCOTUS Meant What It Said & Said What It Meant: Dudenhoeffer Imposes Higher Pleading Standards

In a rebuke to the Ninth Circuit, the Supreme Court granted the Amgen defendants’ petition for certiorari, reversed the Ninth Circuit’s judgment and remanded the case for further proceedings consistent with its opinion in the...more

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