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

Judge Denies Request for Immediate Appeal in Church Plan Case

by Thomas E. Clark, Jr. JD, LLM – March 18, 2014 The judge in Rollins v. Dignity Health has denied the hospital’s request to immediately appeal to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals the issue of whether the pension plan qualifies for the church plan exemption to ERISA. See our earlier post discussing the court’s … Continue reading Judge Denies Request for Immediate Appeal in Church Plan Case

Court Finds Plan Sponsored by Catholic Hospital is NOT a Church Plan

In a forceful and well reasoned opinion, the judge in Rollins v. Dignity Health has ruled that the pension plan sponsored by the defendant hospital cannot be a church plan as a matter of law and thus is fully subject to ERISA. This is the first major substantive decision in the 5 church plan cases … Continue reading Court Finds Plan Sponsored by Catholic Hospital is NOT a Church Plan

Motions to Dismiss Filed in Two Church Plan Exemption Cases

On June 17, 2013, defendants in Chavies v. Catholic Health East and Rollins v. Dignity Health each filed motions to dismiss the lawsuits against them. A copy of the motion in Chavies is available here. A copy of the motion in Rollins is available here. Each motion makes two broad arguments: (1) the defined benefit … Continue reading Motions to Dismiss Filed in Two Church Plan Exemption Cases