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Health Law’s Preventive Care Mandate Curbed by Appeals Court

Broad access to cost-free health insurance coverage for a range of medical services remains available but still threatened for many Americans following a federal appeals court’s Friday decision partially halting the US’s enforcement of Obamacare’s preventive services mandates.

DOL Pension Fraud Probe Yields California Company’s Conviction

A federal agency investigation and lawsuit targeting an agricultural contracting company and its top executives resulted in convictions from a California jury for pension, workers’ compensation, and health insurance-related fraud.

Abortion Nod in EEOC Pregnancy Rule Draws Conflicting Decisions

Conflicting court decisions are sowing confusion over the legality of EEOC regulations requiring employers to provide workers with abortion-related accommodations under a federal pregnancy bias law, particularly in cases involving potential religious exemptions.

Supreme Court’s Mifepristone Ruling Leaves Coverage Quandary

Employers, health plans, and medical providers still face uncertainty over compliance and coverage of abortion drugs even after the US Supreme Court’s recent dismissal of a lawsuit challenging mifepristone’s approval temporarily resolved questions around patient access.

Dueling Decisions Spur Employer Confusion on 401(k) Forfeitures

Employers tasked with reallocating 401(k) assets forfeited by former employees are encountering a wave of litigation alleging the misuse of plan funds, as well as emerging disagreement between judges on these suits’ viability.

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Tesla Seeks to Delay July Hearing in Battle Over Musk’s Pay

Lawyers for Elon Musk say a shareholder vote last week approving the Tesla Inc. co-founder’s <-bsp-bb-link state="{"bbDocId":"S83XOHT1UM0W","_id":"00000190-3c91-d497-a7fb-fc9d301c0002","_type":"0000016b-944a-dc2b-ab6b-d57ba1cc0000"}">$56 billion pay package should delay a hearing on the award of billions of dollars in fees to the lawyers who challenged it.

Lawmaker Vows New $15 Billion Oil Fight at Calpers, Calstrs

A California bill forcing the two largest US pension funds to divest an estimated $15 billion in oil and gas assets has quietly fizzled for the third straight year, but the influential state lawmaker behind the effort vowed to renew the legislation with a stronger alliance of climate activists.


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Case: Health Care & Benefits/Long-Term Disability Benefits (W.D. Okla.)

The court granted Reliance Standard Life Insurance Company’s motion to dismiss an employee’s action challenging the termination of disability benefits, because attorneys’ fees aren’t compensable under ERISA, and the deduction of social security disability benefits wasn’t a breach of fiduciary duty. Finley v. Reliance Std. Life Ins. Co., 2024 BL 205185, W.D. Okla., CIV-23-967-PRW, 6/14/24

Case: Health Care & Benefits/Assignment of Benefits (C.D. Cal.)

The court granted in part Multiplan Inc., Cigna Corporation, and others’ motions to dismiss the Discovery House LLC, Discovery Transitions Outpatient Inc., DHP Heights LLC, and others’ action seeking plan benefits, breach of contract, and unfair competition. Discovery House LLC v. CIGNA Corp., 2024 BL 203325, C.D. Cal., 2:22-CV-1418-DOC-JDE, 6/12/24

Case: Health Care & Benefits/Long-Term Disability Benefits (D. Ariz.)

The court denied an employee’s request for relief in her opening brief in this ERISA action against Lincoln National Corporation and Lincoln National Life Insurance Company challenging the denial of long-term disability benefits coverage, because Lincoln didn’t abuse its discretion. Drake v. Lincoln Nat’l Corp., 2024 BL 199802, D. Ariz., CV-22-08230-PCT-SPL, 6/10/24


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