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Seattle Hotel Health-Care Ruling Skirts High Court: Trade Group

Aug. 27, 2020, 9:43 PM

A ruling that a Seattle health insurance mandate for hotels doesn’t interfere with federal law should be overturned because it ignores U.S. Supreme Court precedent to the contrary, a business trade group told the Ninth Circuit.

The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) is appealing a lower court decision that Seattle’s ordinance, which requires large hotels to pay their workers for health care, isn’t preempted by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974. The federal district judge erred in dismissing the challenge because he failed to consider Supreme Court decisions upholding the supremacy of ERISA, the group said in a brief...

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