ERISA Litigation

In re Lorna Clause
Mr. Geyser is lead appellate counsel in this important case under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA). The question presented is whether a forum-selection clause purporting to override ERISA’s venue provision is invalid and unenforceable under ERISA. This question has squarely divided the lower courts, and the firm is litigating the issue on mandamus before the Eighth Circuit. We have already convinced the U.S. Department of Labor to file an amicus brief supporting our position, and the Eighth Circuit quickly ordered a response to our petition. Mr. Geyser and the firm are strategically positioning this issue for U.S. Supreme Court review. (Mandamus Petition)

Montanile v. Board of Trustees [Read more here]
The firm prevailed before the U.S. Supreme Court in this landmark insurance dispute under ERISA. After the firm successfully petitioned the Court to hear the case, Mr. Geyser entered at the reply stage, playing a leading role in briefing our position and refuting the insurance plan’s key arguments on the merits. Peter Stris successfully argued the case before the Court, and Radha Pathak served as counsel of record. The legal issue affects millions of Americans who receive health insurance, disability benefits, or pensions through their employers. (Our Opening Brief | Our Reply | Opinion)