3rd Circuit Grants Victory to Participants Challenging Church Plan Status

Yesterday, December 29, 2015, the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals decided in favor of the plan participants in Kaplan v. Saint Peter’s Healthcare System. In the first circuit court opinion in the dozen+ cases that have been filed, the court ruled that the defined benefit plan sponsored by Saint Peter’s Healthcare System is not eligible for … Continue reading 3rd Circuit Grants Victory to Participants Challenging Church Plan Status

Court Grants Summary Judgment to Plaintiffs in Rollins v. Dignity Health

Today, July 22, 2014, a Northern District of California court in Rollins v. Dignity Health granted the plaintiffs’ motion for partial summary judgment and denied defendants’. The decision was consistent with the court’s earlier denial of defendants’ motion to dismiss. (See Court Finds Plan Sponsored by Catholic Hospital is NOT a Church Plan). In finding for … Continue reading Court Grants Summary Judgment to Plaintiffs in Rollins v. Dignity Health

Court Finds St. Peter’s Pension Plan is NOT a Church Plan & A New Case is Filed in Chicago

by Thomas E. Clark Jr. JD, LLM – April 1, 2014 Yesterday, March 31, 2014, the district court in Kaplan v. Saint Peter’s Healthcare System denied the hospital’s motion to dismiss and found as a matter of law that the hospital’s pension plan is NOT a church plan as defined by ERISA. This is the … Continue reading Court Finds St. Peter’s Pension Plan is NOT a Church Plan & A New Case is Filed in Chicago