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Docket: Employee Benefits


Case Name: Fontaine v. Metropolitan Life Ins.

Court: U.S. Ct. App. 7th Cir.   Docket: 14-1984 & 14-2302

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Case Result: ERISA does not preempt an Illinois state law that prohibits the use of discretionary clauses in health and disability insurance policies.

Case Name: Gabriel v. Alaska Electrical Pension Fund

Court: U.S. Ct. App. 9th Cir.    Docket: 12-35458

Read Summary and AARP's Amicus Brief (PDF)

Case Issue: What are appropriate equitable remedies?

Case Name: Gobeille v. Liberty Mut. Ins. Co.

Court: U.S. Supreme Court    Docket: 14-181

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Case Issue: Did the second circuit err in holding that the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) preempts Vermont's health care database law as applied to the third-party administrator for a self-funded ERISA plan?

Case Name: Grabek v. Northrop Grumman Corp.

Court: U.S. Dist. Ct. CD Cal.    Docket: 06-cv-06213-R CJC

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Case Issue: Did employer violate its ERISA fiduciary duties by permitting participants of its 401(k) Plan and its Employer Stock Plan to be charged excessive plan administration fees?

Case Name: Heimeshoff v. Hartford Life & Accident Insurance

Court: U.S. Supreme Court   Docket: 12-729

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Case Result: Contract provision in employer disability plan setting forth the time period by which a lawsuit for a denial of benefits must be filed is enforceable.

Case Name: Kaplan v. St. Peter's Healthcare System

Court: U.S. Ct. App. 3d Cir.    Docket: 15-1172

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Case Issue: Does the retirement plan for St. Peter's Healthcare System meet the requirements for ERISA's church plan exemption?

Case Name: Kopp v. Klein

Court: U.S. Ct. App. 5th Cir.    Docket: 12-10416

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Case Issue: In an ERISA breach of fiduciary duty suit, does the presumption of prudence as to the offering of employer stock in an eligible Individual Account Plan apply at the pleading stage?

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Find the most recent cases in which AFL has advocated in courts nationwide for the rights of older persons, and filed AARP’s amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) briefs that help courts decide precedent-setting cases.

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Our legal advocacy initiatives  - conducted by AARP Foundation Litigation (AFL) - reflect more than 15 years of work in federal and state courts across the country. Through our efforts, we support the Foundation’s four priority areas: Hunger, Income, Housing and Isolation, and ensure that those 50 and older have a voice in the laws and policies that affect their daily lives.