Newell Window Furnishings Inc. v. Bender

Petition for certiorari denied on January 1, 1970
Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
12-163 6th Cir. N/A N/A N/A N/A OT -1
 
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Issue: (1) Whether, consistent with federal labor and employee benefits policy, collectively bargained retiree benefits should not be found “vested” for the life of the retiree when a collective bargaining agreement does not contain a “clear statement” that such benefits are vested and/or unalterable, nor any language that might reasonably be construed to provide such benefits, but does contain a provision limiting the insurance program providing benefits to the duration of the labor contract, and does incorporate booklets reserving the right to change or discontinue benefits; and (2) whether the Sixth Circuit’s singular presumption of vesting retiree health care benefits based on the status of retirement has contravened federal labor and employee benefits policy by placing a “thumb on the scales” in favor of vesting, by impeding the development of a uniform federal labor law, and by adversely affecting the national uniform administration of benefit plans.

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