Employee benefits litigation has been exploding in both numbers and significance since the enactment of ERISA over 35 years ago. In this accredited CLE program from ALI CLE, a diverse panel of leading attorneys representing plaintiffs and defendants will lead the discussions, examining both substantive and procedural issues that are unique to benefits litigation practice.
This course includes one full hour of CLE ethics credits. A full hour will be devoted to ethics and privilege issues arising in employee benefits litigation.
What You Will Learn
The faculty will provide a comprehensive overview of the substantive and procedural issues arising in litigation involving benefit claims, fiduciary breaches, and substantive requirements of ERISA. In addition, separate sessions of this continuing legal education program will address recent high-profile cases raising controversial topics, from both the plaintiff and defense perspectives.
Benefit Claim Litigation
Reporting and Disclosure Litigation
Civil Procedure Under ERISA
Medical Benefit Plan Litigation, including Retiree Medical and COBRA
Discrimination and Retaliation Litigation, including Section 510
Plan Design Claims, including Cash Balance Plans
Recent Supreme Court Decisions (Health Care Reform)
Trends in Employee Benefit Class Actions
Remedies After Amara
ERISA Litigation Arising From Corporate Transactions
Family Law Disputes
Ethics and Privilege Issues Unique to Benefits Litigation Practice
Who Should Attend
Plaintiffs and defense lawyers with experience in benefits litigation should take this course. In addition, the first morning will provide the fundamentals of benefits litigation for legal professionals wishing to expand their practice to incorporate benefits issues.
In-house counsel and consultants also will find this course valuable for minimizing their exposure to benefit claims and high-stakes litigation.