Rollins v. Dignity Health

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 April 1, 2013.
  • Defendants filed a Motion to Dismiss on June 17, 2013. Plaintiffs responded and Defendants replied.
  • On October 31, 2013, the United States of America intervened.
  • On November 4, 2013, the Court heard oral arguments on the Motion to Dismiss and took it under advisement.
  • On December 12, 2013, the Court denied the hospital’s motion to dismiss, finding that only churches can bring church plans.
  • On March 17, 2014, the Court denied the hospital motion to immediately appeal the motion to dismiss to the 9th circuit.


  • Church Plan Exemption


Key Defendants:

  • Dignity Health

Significant Filings:




  • Northern District of California

    • Case No. 13-1450


  • District Judge Thelton E. Henderson


  • Dignity Health
  • Herbert J. Vallier
  • Members of The Dignity Health Retirement Committee

Attorneys – Plaintiffs:

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

Attorneys – Defendants:

  • Morgan Lewis & Bockius, LLP


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