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UNUM Life Ins. Co. of America v. Ward

Docket No.: 97-1868
Argued: February 24, 1999
Decided: April 20, 1999

Topics:

Employee Retirement Income Security, Federalism, Federal Preemption of State Regulation, ERISA, Employee Retirement Income Security Act, Labor Management Relations Act, harmless error, preemption

Petitioner: UNUM Life Ins. Co. of America
Respondent: Ward

Court Below: THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE NINTH CIRCUIT
Supreme Court Docket


526 U.S. 358 (1999)
Question:

Does the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 preempt California's common-law agency rule, under which a California employer administering an insured group health plan should be deemed to act as the insurance company's agent? Does ERISA preempt California's "notice-prejudice" rule?

UNUM Life Ins. Co. of America v. Ward
ORAL ARGUMENT

February 24, 1999

Holding: affirmed in part and reversed
Decision: Decision: 9 votes for Ward, 0 vote(s) against

UNUM Life Ins. Co. of America v. Ward
Case Documents

1Opinion in UNUM Life Ins. Co. of America v. Ward
2Opinion in UNUM Life Ins. Co. of America v. Ward
Additional documents for this case are pending review.