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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
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