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Brace v. Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare, No. 2:16-cv-02412-SHL-tmp (W.D. Tenn.)

Plaintiff Mary Brace brought this suit on behalf of all participants of the Methodist Healthcare Pension Plan (the “Plan”).  Plaintiff alleges that the Plan was not in compliance with requirements of the Federal Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA).  Defendants claim that the Plan is exempt from ERISA under a statutory exception for “church plans,” while Plaintiff claims that the church plan exemption does not apply.  The Complaint was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee on June 11, 2016.

On March 29, 2017, the Parties entered into a proposed Settlement Agreement.  The Court preliminarily approved the settlement on May 4, 2017, and held a hearing on plaintiff’s motion for final approval on August 16, 2017.  On October 17, 2017, the Court gave final approval to the Settlement.

Further details concerning the case and the proposed Settlement Agreement are in the attached documents.

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