On Jan. 12, 2010, partner
Jay McElligott (Tax and Employee Benefits, Richmond) spoke on “Retiree
Health Benefit Plans: Modifying and Terminating Legacy Benefits,” a webinar that
was broadcast nationally by Strafford Publications. He discussed criteria for
determining whether retiree medical benefits have vested under ERISA and
collective bargaining agreements, as well as related litigation and bargaining
issues such as class actions, reverse class actions, jury trials, selection of
venue, impact of bankruptcy, and funding for benefits under VEBAs.
On Feb. 5, 2010, McElligott led a discussion on the impact of the
Supreme Court's 2008 MetLife decision on discovery and adjudication of ERISA
benefit claims at the mid-winter meeting of the Employee Benefits Committee of
the American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law in San Antonio,
Texas. The discussion covered discovery, conflicts of interests, and
adjudication of claims.