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

Rollins v. Dignity Health

Case Highlights Status of the Case: This case is a sister case to four other similarly alleged cases: Overall v. Ascension Health Chavies v. Catholic Health East Medina v. Catholic Health Initiatives Kaplan v. Saint Peter’s Healthcare System Plaintiffs allege that the defined benefit pension plan sponsored by the defendant, a non-profit hospital conglomerate, is … Continue reading Rollins v. Dignity Health

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

Another Court Finds Church Affiliated Hospital Pension Plan Subject to ERISA

On December 31, 2014, the court in Stapleton v. Advocate Health denied the defendants’ motion to dismiss holding that the church affiliated hospital pension plan at the heart of the case is subject to ERISA. Ruling in line with the courts in Rollins v. Dignity Health and Kaplan v. Saint Peter’s, the court here finds that … Continue reading Another Court Finds Church Affiliated Hospital Pension Plan Subject to ERISA

Court Finds Catholic Hospital Plan is a Church Plan – Overall v. Ascension Health

Today, May 9, 2014, the court in Overall v. Ascension Health dismissed the plaintiff’s claims seeking to find that the pension plans sponsored by defendants are not church plans, and thus subject to ERISA. Instead, the court agreed with the defendants and the long time IRS interpretation of the church plan exemption and ruled as … Continue reading Court Finds Catholic Hospital Plan is a Church Plan – Overall v. Ascension Health