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Date: 01-05-2024

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Doreen McCammon v. The Dollywood Foundation

Case Number: 3:22-cv-00385

Judge: Clifton L. Corker

Court: United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee (Knox County)

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Defendant's Attorney: Knoxville, Tennessee employment law lawyers represented the Defendant.

Description: Knoxville, Tennessee employment law lawyer represented the Plaintiff who sued the Defendant on and E.R.I.S.A. law theory.

The Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) establishes minimum standards for private-sector employee benefit plans in the United States, including:

Pension plans: Defined benefit and defined contribution plans that provide retirement income.
Health insurance plans: Plans that provide coverage for medical expenses.
Welfare plans: Plans that provide other benefits, such as life insurance, disability insurance, and severance pay.

Key objectives of ERISA:

Protect employee benefits: Ensure promised benefits are funded and distributed responsibly.
Reduce fraud and abuse: Prevent misuse of benefit plan assets.
Promote disclosure and reporting: Require plan administrators to provide clear and accurate information to participants and beneficiaries.
Set minimum standards: Establish minimum vesting, participation, and funding requirements for certain plans.

Key aspects of ERISA law:

Fiduciary duties: Plan administrators, trustees, and other service providers must act in the best interests of plan participants and beneficiaries.
Reporting and disclosure: Plans must file annual reports with the Department of Labor and provide participants with periodic benefit statements.
Benefit claims and appeals: Participants and beneficiaries have the right to make claims for benefits and to appeal denied claims.
Preemption: ERISA generally preempts state laws that relate to employee benefit plans.

Potential benefits for employees:

Peace of mind: Knowing that their benefits are protected by law.
Access to health insurance and other benefits: ERISA plans offer valuable benefits that may not be available through individual coverage.
Legal recourse: Ability to pursue legal action if benefits are wrongly denied.

Outcome: Settled for an undisclosed sum and dismissed with prejudice.

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