Chavies v. Catholic Health East

Case Highlights

Status of the Case:

  • This case is a sister case to four other similarly alleged cases:
  • Plaintiffs allege that the defined benefit pension plan sponsored by the defendant, a non-profit hospital conglomerate, is not entitled to the Church Plan exemption.
  • The complaint was filed on March 28, 2013.
  • Defendants filed their Motion to Dismiss on June 17, 2013. Plaintiffs have responded, Defendants have replied, and Plaintiffs were granted a Sur-Reply.
  • On September 30, 2013, the United States of America intervened.
  • On March 28, 2014, the Court denied the hospital’s motion to dismiss without prejudice and ordered 120 days of discovery on the issue of whether the hospital is itself a church.


  • Church Plan Exemption


Key Defendants:

  • Catholic Health East

Significant Filings:




  • Eastern District of Pennsylvania

    • Case No. 13-1645


  • District Judge C. Darnell Jones, II


  • Catholic Health East
  • Anthony Camaratto
  • Clayton Fitzhugh

Attorneys – Plaintiffs:

  • Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll, PLLP
  • Keller Rohrback, LLP

Attorneys – Defendants:

  • Morgan Lewis & Bockius, LLP

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