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Varity Corp. v. Howe

Docket No.: 94-1471
Argued: November 1, 1995
Decided: March 19, 1996

Topics:

Employee Retirement Income Security, Economic Activity, 9 U.S.C. 1, ERISA, Employee Retirement Income Security Act, conditions of employment, equitable relief, fiduciary obligations, patent, pension plan, terms and conditions of employment

PartyNames: VARITY CORPORATION, Petitioner, v. Charles HOWE et al.
Petitioner: Varity Corp.
Respondent: Howe

Court Below: THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE EIGHTH CIRCUIT
Citation: 36 F.3d 746
Lower Court Decision
Supreme Court Docket

Varity Corp.
v.
Howe
516 U.S. 489 (1996)
Other Citations: 116 S.Ct. 1065134 L.Ed.2d 130 (516 U.S.
Question:

Did the Varity Corporation and Massey-Ferguson, Inc. act their capacity as an Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974fiduciary when they significantly and deliberately misled the beneficiaries? By doing so, did Varity and Massey-Ferguson violate the fiduciary obligations that ERISA imposes upon plan administrators? Does ERISA authorize a lawsuit in such cases?

Varity Corp. v. Howe
ORAL ARGUMENT

November 01, 1995

Holding: affirmed
Decision: Decision: 6 votes for Howe, 3 vote(s) against
Recused: Certiorari granted,

Varity Corp. v. Howe
Case Documents

1Opinion in Varity Corp. v. Howe
2Opinion in Varity Corp. v. Howe
Additional documents for this case are pending review.