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M&G Polymers USA, LLC v. Tackett

Docket No.: 13-1010
Argued: November 10, 2014
Decided: 1/26/15

Topics:

Arbitration, ERISA, Employee Retirement Income Security Act, Labor Management Relations Act, pension plan

PartyNames: M&G Polymers USA, LLC, et al. v. Hobert Freel Tackett, et al.
Petitioner: M&G Polymers USA, LLC, et al.
Respondent: Hobert Freel Tackett, et al.

Court Below: United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
Citation: 733 F.3d 589
Supreme Court Docket

M&G Polymers USA, LLC, et al.
v.
Hobert Freel Tackett, et al.
Consideration Limited:

LIMITED TO QUESTION 1 PRESENTED BY THE PETITION.

Question Presented:

1. Whether, when construing collective bargaining agreements in Labor Management Relations Act (LMRA) cases, courts should presume that silence concerning the duration of retiree health-care benefits means the parties intended those benefits to vest (and therefore continue indefinitely), as the Sixth Circuit holds; or should require a clear statement that health-care benefits are intended to survive the termination of the collective bargaining agreement, as the Third Circuit holds; or should require at least some language in the agreement that can reasonably support an interpretation that health-care benefits should continue indefinitely, as the Second and Seventh Circuits hold. 2. Whether, as the Sixth Circuit has held in conflict with the Second, Third, and Seventh Circuits, different rules of construction should apply when determining whether health-care benefits have vested m pure ERISA plans versus collectively bargained plans.

M&G Polymers USA, LLC v. Tackett
ORAL ARGUMENT

November 10, 2014

Listen to Oral Argument in M&G Polymers USA, LLC v. Tackett
Holding: VACATED AND REMANDED
Vote: 9-0
Majority: unanimous
Concurring: Ginsburg,Breyer,Sotomayor,Kagan
Opinion By:
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