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[IWS] Supreme Ct.: OLD UNION CONTRACTS IMPLYING "LIFETIME HEALTH BENEFITS" NOT VALID CONTRACTUALLY [26 January 2015]

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SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES

Syllabus

M&G POLYMERS USA, LLC, ET AL. v. TACKETT ET AL [26 January 2015]

CERTIORARI TO THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE SIXTH CIRCUIT

http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/14pdf/13-1010_7k47.pdf

 

 

Los Angeles Times

Press Release 26 January 2015

Supreme Court knocks down promised health benefits for union retirees

http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-supreme-court-health-benefits-union-retirees-20150126-story.html

 

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The Supreme Court cast doubt Monday on the future of old union contracts that had promised lifetime health benefits for retired workers and their families.

 

In a case seen as a victory for corporate America, the justices ruled these promises should not be treated as “vested rights” unless they are spelled out in the contract.

 

“When a contract is silent as to the duration of retiree benefits, a court may not infer that the parties intended those benefits to vest for life,” wrote Justice Clarence Thomas.

 

In the unanimous opinion, Thomas chided lower-court judges who upheld the retiree benefits, citing "traditional principle that courts should not construe ambiguous writings to create lifetime promises."

 

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