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Defense of Church Plan Status

Because of our long-standing role as advisors to religious, non-profit health care entities, we have extensive experience in defending their benefit plans in federal and state courts throughout the country. Our team has played a key role in the defense of the plans of several health ministries, including representing Advocate Health Care in the first “church plan” class action lawsuit to be argued before a U.S. Court of Appeal. We also served as co-counsel for Ascension in a class action lawsuit in the Eastern District of Michigan that alleged Ascension’s pension plan was an ERISA plan and not a church plan.

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