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Melissa has extensive experience litigating complex commercial disputes and defending class action lawsuits, including in the areas of healthcare litigation, insurance coverage, consumer fraud claims, complex contractual disputes and professional service liability claims.

On June 5, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court held that the employee benefit plans of church-affiliated hospitals and healthcare facilities may be exempt from the federal Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA), in Advocate Health Care Network et al. v. Stapleton et al. More background information can be found in our December legal alert on this case.
Continue Reading Supreme Court Holds Church-Affiliated Hospitals are Exempt From ERISA Requirements

Insurers providing health care benefits to federal employees can obtain reimbursement when their insured obtains a tort recovery, despite a state law prohibiting such reimbursement, based on the preemption provision of the Federal Employees Health Benefits Act (FEHBA), pursuant to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Coventry Health Care of Missouri, Inc., fka Group Health Plan, Inc. v. Nevils, issued April 18, 2017.
Continue Reading State Anti-Subrogation Law Is Preempted With Respect to Federal Employee Insurance Contract