By Manleen Singh and Mark Casciari

Seyfarth Synopsis: Two new Executive Orders and a corresponding decision in the Supreme Court effectively limit how agencies can utilize guidance against private parties—the agency must rely only on guidance that is fully consistent with the governing statute.

Employee benefit lawyers, including employee benefit litigators, have historically been

By Christina Cerasale, Kelly Rourke, and Richard G. Schwartz

Synopsis: The Department of Labor (“DOL”) just issued proposed rule changes governing the disclosure of ERISA-required notices via an electronic format (e.g., emails, intranet sites, etc.). These proposed rules update final regulations issued by the DOL in 2002, which given the pace at which

By Mark Casciari and Ian Morrison

Synopsis: Two Courts of Appeal reach opposite results on ERISA preemption, thus continuing the judicial quest for a definitive meaning of ERISA preemption. Stay tuned for more such decisions, and yet more Supreme Court preemption decisions.

The federal Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) has been effective, as a

By: Mark Casciari and Joy Sellstrom

Synopsis: HIPAA provides no federal cause of action, but alleged HIPAA violations may be remedied in state court under state negligence law.

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) is a federal statute providing for confidentiality of medical records under certain circumstances. It is administered by

By Michael W. Stevens and Mark Casciari

Seyfarth synopsis: Arkansas has sought certiorari on the question of the ability of states under the ERISA preemption clause to regulate the rates charged by PBMs, and the Supreme Court has asked for the input of the Solicitor General on whether it should decide the issue..

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By: Mark Casciari

Synopsis: A new Third Circuit decision has allowed an ERISA fee complaint to stand even though there were no specific allegations of fiduciary errors in the process of selecting investment options and fees. This development is yet another in the line of decisions that decide if the federal door to discovery will