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April 24, 2020

11th Circ. Denies Factory Workers' Bid For Early Benefits


King and Spalding representing Employee Benefits Administrative Committee of Mueller Group LLC obtained a ruling by The Eleventh Circuit that a group of workers at a pipe factory in Bessemer, Alabama, aren’t entitled to the special early retirement benefits in their pension plan since they didn’t lose their jobs when the factory changed ownership.  

In its opinion, the three-judge panel found the Employee Benefits Administrative Committee of Mueller Group LLC correctly denied the workers special early retirement benefits available to employees who were “laid off or terminated by a permanent plant shutdown.”

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