5th Circuit Panel Affirms Welfare Plan Is Governmental Plan

Mealey's (July 1, 2016, 2:14 PM EDT) -- NEW ORLEANS — A Fifth Circuit U.S. Appeals Court panel on June 28 affirmed that claims alleged under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act by retirees against an employee welfare plan cannot stand because the plan is a governmental plan exempt from ERISA regulations (Mary Smith, et al. v. Regional Transit Authority, et al., No. 15-31001, 5th Cir.; 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 11841). (Opinion available. Document #54-160713-048Z.) About 40 former employees of New Orleans Public Service Inc. (NOPSI) and retirees of Transit Management of Southeast Louisiana...
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