We’ve swapped court rulings for fireworks and precedent for popsicles this week in honor of the 4th. Since we’re playing hooky, we won’t have a traditional Your ERISA Watch newsletter today summarizing the past week’s decisions. Instead, we wanted to send you a special Independence Day message to wish you all a happy and fun-filled

This week brings both a celebration of freedom from bondage and the beginning of summer.  The word solstice literally means to stand still, reminding all of us to pause to consider hard-won freedoms and our obligations to promote justice. To all our readers, we wish you a happy Juneteenth and a happy summer. 

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There is no one case that stood out as Case of the Week. However, this week’s batch of decisions highlights several interesting trends. First, healthcare continues to dominate the ERISA litigation scene. Second, as a sign perhaps of tough economic times, we are seeing an increasing number of suits for severance benefits. Finally, collectively-bargained pension