Dignity Health Secures Supreme Court Hearing

Justices Will Hear Religious Hospitals' ERISA Appeal
– Law360

Law360 covered Manatt’s representation of Dignity Health in a bid for federal review of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit’s decision that church-affiliated hospitals like Dignity Health aren’t exempt from the Employee Retirement Income Security Act. Healthcare litigation partners Barry Landsberg and Harvey Rochman led the team that represented Dignity Health throughout the case.

The Dignity Health case is one of the lead cases among numerous hospitals, including Illinois-based Advocate Healthcare Network and New Jersey’s Saint Peter’s Healthcare System. The appellate court rulings against all of the hospitals run contrary to long-standing positions held by the Internal Revenue Service.

On December 2 the Supreme Court agreed to hear the case.

In addition to Landsberg, the team consisted of partners Joanna McCallum, Don Meaders, Craig Rutenberg, and associates Colin McGrath and Viral Mehta.

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