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By Heather Mehta on August 4, 2017 at 11:45 AM

Jar with word pension on it and a pile of coins next to itThe U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has ordered a Mississippi district court judge to reconsider approval of a $150 million settlement deal regarding an underfunded pension plan.

In Jones v. Singing River Health Servs. Found., No. 16-60550, 2017 WL 3178624 (5th Cir. July 27, 2017), Singing River Health Services Foundation (SRHS), a community-owned not-for-profit health system in Jackson County, Mississippi, failed to make contributions to its pension plan between 2009 and 2014, when the hospital board officially froze the plan. The missed contributions exceeded $55 million. When the financially imperiled health system sought to terminate and liquidate the plan, participants initiated a flurry of state and federal lawsuits. The settlement covered three consolidated federal court cases.

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By Jeffrey Herman on July 21, 2017 at 9:50 AM

Man holding fork and knife with a plate of moneyThe U.S. Tax Court ruled on June 26, 2017, that the Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League could deduct the full cost of meals before the team’s 41-plus away games in the regular season and playoffs. The decision provides a clear path for professional sports teams — and potentially other employers in similar situations — to realize additional tax savings.

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By Amy Blaisdell, Heather Mehta on January 18, 2017 at 3:40 PM

Image of the Supreme Court buildingThe U.S. Supreme Court on Jan. 17 ended a yearlong legal challenge to the enforceability of a forum selection clause in an ERISA-governed benefit plan, when the court denied the plaintiff’s petition for writ of certiorari. The case is Clause v. U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 719 (Jan. 17, 2017).

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By Kara Krawzik on May 27, 2016 at 8:54 AM

SCOTUS punts on contraceptive accommodation question with remand On May 16, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to rule on a challenge to the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive mandate as applied to nonprofit religious organizations.

In Zubik v. Burwell (2016 WL 2842449, U.S., No. 14-1418, 5/16/16), the court sent back to the lower courts seven decisions that held that the ACA’s accommodation for nonprofit religious organizations did not violate the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 (RFRA) or the First Amendment. 

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