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Transport Company Beats Appeal Over Worker’s Weight-Loss Surgery

A Zimmerman Transfer Inc. employee on Wednesday lost his Eighth Circuit appeal seeking health insurance coverage for a surgical procedure aimed at addressing complications stemming from his prior bariatric surgery.

Bank Executive Pay, Cannabis Bills on Tap in Senate Before July

Senate Banking Committee Chairman Sherrod Brown said his panel will mark up legislation dealing with executive compensation in the US banking industry before the July 4 recess.

Pennsylvania Contractor Faces Class Over Fringe Benefits Money

Former Glenn O. Hawbaker Inc. employees who accused the construction contractor of cheating them out of benefit contributions won a court order certifying their case as a class action covering about 1,262 people.

GOP Plans to Curb Agency Rulemaking Would Add to Congress’ Work

Republicans are clamoring to clip the rule-making powers of federal agencies and return the authority to Congress.

American Airlines 401(k) Suit Over ESG Following Uncharted Path

A new lawsuit challenging American Airlines Group Inc. over its ESG 401(k) investment options presents a novel legal attack against the Biden administration’s embattled do-good investing rule, but it may prove a difficult case for plaintiffs to win.


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PGA Tour U-Turn Casts Monahan as Beleaguered Managing Partner

In an analogy comparing Big Law mergers to the PGA Tour’s proposed tie-up with the Saudis, PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan is cast in the role of a managing partner selling an unpopular deal to a deeply divided group, and he’s lost the most important currency for a leader of a partner-run organization: Trust.

Paralegals Race to Stay Relevant as AI Threatens Their Future

Nowhere in law might the anxiety over AI be more acute than among the 353,000 US paralegals and legal assistants. For all the errors and fake information that generative AI throws up, it’s undeniable that it can identify and categorize documents much faster than a paralegal, sometimes within seconds.

Wall Street’s Davis Polk Moves to Four Days A Week in Office

Davis Polk & Wardwell is ramping up in-person work requirements, forcing lawyers to hit the firm’s offices four days per week. Lawyers and business services personnel at the Wall Street firm will be required to be in the office Monday through Thursday after Labor Day.


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Case: Health Care & Benefits/Benefits Denial (N.D. Cal.)

The court granted in part and denied in part a motion by Anthem Blue Cross to dismiss an employee’s ERISA and Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act action challenging the denial of coverage for her minor dependent’s treatment. A.H. v. Anthem Blue Cross, 2023 BL 190944, N.D. Cal., 22-cv-07660-HSG, 6/5/23

Case: Health Care & Benefits/Long-Term Disability Benefits (E.D. Wis.)

The court denied an employee’s motion for summary judgment and granted Hartford Life & Accidents Ins. Co.'s motion for summary judgment in this action challenging the denial of long-term disability benefits for multiple sclerosis under an ERISA benefit plan. Artz v. Hartford Life & Accidents Ins. Co., 2023 BL 187187, E.D. Wis., 21-cv-0391-bhl, 6/1/23

Case: Health Care & Benefits/Reimbursement (D.N.J.)

The court granted Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield’s motion to dismiss this action by Premier Orthopaedic Associates of Southern NJ seeking to recover costs for providing out-of-network medical treatment, for failure to state a claim. Premier Orthopaedic Assocs. of S. NJ LLC v. Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, 2023 BL 183300, D.N.J., 22-02407 (RMB/EAP), 5/30/23