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ERISA Preemption and Employee Benefit Claims: Recent Court Decisions, Causes of Action, Plan Administration

Recording of a 90-minute premium CLE video webinar with Q&A

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Conducted on Wednesday, February 28, 2024

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This CLE webinar will guide ERISA counsel to manage the legal challenges of ERISA preemption rules and their impact on litigating employee benefit claims and retirement and health plan administration. The panel will discuss the application of federal rules, recent court decisions, causes of action, and key considerations and litigation techniques for plan sponsors and administrators.


Section 514(a) under ERISA provides that ERISA preempts state laws insofar as they "relate to" any ERISA-covered employee benefit plan, subject to limited exceptions. This eliminates the possibility of plans having to reconcile inconsistent state and local regulations but could have significant implications if ERISA preemption applies to a claim.

A determination that ERISA preempts state law would change the entire framework of any litigation of ERISA claims which would then be litigated in federal court with limited possible remedies for plaintiffs. Under Section 514(a), ERISA preempts "any and all State laws insofar as they may now or hereafter relate to any employee benefit plan" covered by ERISA, with limited exceptions. ERISA counsel must be aware of the application of these rules to effectively manage the litigation of claims against plan sponsors and administrators.

Listen as our panel discusses the legal challenges of ERISA preemption of state laws and policies, the impact on retirement and health plan administration, lessons learned from recent court decisions, and litigation best practices for ERISA counsel.



  1. Application of ERISA preemption of claims against plan sponsors and administrators
  2. Exception to preemption rules; Section 514 (b)-(d)
  3. Recent court case and implications
  4. Considerations and best practices for ERISA counsel


The panel will review these and other key issues:

  • Understanding ERISA preemption rules under Section 514(a) and limited exceptions
  • Recent court decisions, causes of action, and critical factors in determining the application of ERISA preemption
  • Avoiding litigation pitfalls and crucial considerations for ERISA counsel


Jara, Jose
José M. Jara

Fox Rothschild

Mr. Jara has over 20 years of ERISA and employee benefits experience, ranging from governmental compliance, fiduciary...  |  Read More

McCarthy, Chelsea
Chelsea Ashbrook McCarthy

Holland & Knight

Ms. McCarthy is an attorney in Holland & Knight's Chicago office and a member of the firm's Litigation...  |  Read More

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