ERISA

Ninth Circuit Clarifies State Laws Regulating Insurance Do Not Void Discretionary Clauses In Self-Funded ERISA Plans

By: Joseph P. Yonadi, Jr. and Nancy R. Chawla

The Ninth Circuit recently held discretionary clauses in a self-funded plan were valid and that California Insurance Code § 10110.6, banning discretionary clause relating to insurance, was preempted by ERISA when applied to a self-funded plan. Williby v. Aetna Life Ins. Co., 867 F.3d 1129 (9th Cir. 2017).

The employee benefit at issues was Boeing’s self-funded short-term disability plan (STD Plan), because it contained a discretionary clause. The […]

2017-11-07T15:53:30+00:00 November 7th, 2017|0 Comments

Oregon Retirement Program Faces Court Challenge

By: Joseph P. Yonadi, Jr. and Nancy R. Chawla

The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) has filed a lawsuit challenging the enforceability of the OregonSaves Retirement Program (OregonSaves). The ERISA Industry Committee v. Read, No. 3:17-cv-1605 (D. Or. Oct. 12, 2017).

Background: OregonSaves, a state-run retirement program, was established to help private-sector employees save more money. It mandates employers who do not sponsor a retirement program to participate in the program. Employers who sponsor a retirement program must […]

2017-10-26T09:37:46+00:00 October 26th, 2017|0 Comments

Benefit Plan Discretionary Clauses Dealt A Blow In California

By: Joseph P. Yonadi, Jr. and Nancy R. Chawla

Last month, the Ninth Circuit dealt a blow to discretionary clauses contained within ERISA plans when it held that a California statutory provision that banned discretionary clauses was not preempted by ERISA. Orzechowski v. Boeing Co. Non-Union Long-Term Disability Plan (9th Cir. May 11, 2017).

Almost three decades ago, the U.S. Supreme Court created the rule that a de novo standard of review should apply to a denial […]

2017-10-26T09:49:44+00:00 July 21st, 2017|0 Comments