Supreme Court to Review Consolidated Church Plan Cases
The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on three church plan cases and review them as a consolidated case. The Court granted petitions for writs of certiorari on the cases on Dec. 2.
The cases are Dignity Health v. Rollins
, Advocate Health Care Network v. Stapleton
, and Saint Peter's Healthcare System v. Kaplan
. At issue
, says Scotusblog, is whether ERISA’s church-plan exemption applies as long as an otherwise-qualifying church-affiliated organization maintains a pension plan, or whether the exemption applies only if, in addition to an otherwise-qualifying church-affiliated organization maintaining the plan, a church initially established it.
Petitions for the writs of certiorari were made this summer: Advocate Health Care Network
, July 15; Saint Peter's Healthcare System
, July 18; and Dignity Health
on Aug. 29.