U.S. Supreme Court

Case Status


Docket Number


2017 Term


Questions Presented

Did the Sixth Circuit, over the compelling dissent of Judge Jeffrey S. Sutton, misinterpret this Court’s unanimous decision in M & G Polymers USA, LLC v. Tackett, 135 S. Ct. 926 (2015), and thus create conflicts both with the decisions of other circuits and within the Sixth Circuit itself, by employing rules of contract interpretation explicitly repudiated in Tackett to deem a general duration clause in the Collective Bargaining Agreement ambiguous, and then using extrinsic evidence to hold the healthcare benefits of the retiree class vested for life?

Case Updates

Supreme Court summarily reverses Sixth Circuit decision that adopted presumption in favor of imposing lifetime health benefits under collective bargaining agreements

February 20, 2018

Click here to view the opinion.

U.S. Chamber urges Supreme Court to restore clarity and uniformity to the interpretation of collective bargaining agreements and plans providing retiree health benefits

November 06, 2017

The U.S. Chamber, along with the National Association of Manufacturers, American Benefits Council, and Business Roundtable, filed an amicus brief urging the Supreme Court to grant the petition for a writ of certiorari.

Stanley Weiner and Glen D. Nager of Jones Day served as co-counsel for the amici.

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