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Church Plan Challengers Score Second Appellate Victory

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The nationwide litigation effort accusing large hospitals of using ERISA's church plan exemption to underfund their pension plans by millions of dollars scored its second big victory when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled against Illinois-based Advocate Health Care Network.

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Senate passes church pension plan clarifications

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Pension Rights Center Director Karen Ferguson is worried that the legislation, if passed, could nonetheless have a negative effect on litigation filed by church plan participants. 

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Appeals court upholds ruling denying church-plan status for health-care system

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Karen Ferguson, director of the Pension Rights Center, called the decision “a terrific victory for thousands of orderlies, cafeteria workers, nurses and others who were told throughout their careers at Saint Peter’s that they were fully protected by federal law.”

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Ascension pension settlement highlights vulnerability of 'church plans'

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Ascension, the Edmundson-based parent company of the nation’s largest nonprofit health system, has agreed to settle a 2013 class-action lawsuit that alleged it improperly maintained employee pensions plans.

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As Church Plan Debate Hits Next Level, 3rd Cir. Receives Competing Amicus Briefs

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More than two years into a litigation effort challenging the way large hospitals run their pension plans, all eyes are on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, which recently received a flood of amicus briefs arguing both sides of the debate.

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A small victory in the war over pensions

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Religious exemptions to pension guarantees have led to theft, but workers at one New Jersey hospital fought back

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6th Cir. Church Plan Case Against Ascension Remanded for Settlement Consideration

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The first church plan case to reach the federal appellate courts is being returned to the district court to consider a proposed settlement between the parties, according to an order issued by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit (Overall v. Ascension Health, 6th Cir., No. 14-1735, 3/17/15).

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Got a pension? Act now to save it

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If you were among the 15.7 million private-sector workers with a traditional defined benefit pension plan in the U.S. in 2012, now might be good time to stop counting your blessings.

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PBGC report highlights importance of pension counseling

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We at the Pension Rights Center have long recognized the important role that U.S. Administration on Aging’s Pension Counseling and Information Program (PCIP) plays in protecting the legal rights of retirees and their families.

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Court Watchers Looking at Plan Fees, Retiree Benefits, Church Plans in 2015

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Just as 2014 brought big rulings on stock-drop litigation and equitable remedies like reformation and surcharge, 2015 is shaping up to be another big year for ERISA litigation, with pending cases involving retiree health benefits, plan fee cases and ERISA's church plan exemption.

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