Gable v. Sweetheart Cup Company, Inc.

Union Democracy
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  1. Was the court of appeals correct in ruling, contrary to the vast majority of the other courts of appeals that have considered the issue, that the Employee Retirement Income Security Act ("ERISA") gives employers a statutory right to terminate welfare benefits at any time, for any reason, and consequently plan beneficiaries must show a clear and express waiver of that right in order to claim such benefits?
  2. In deciding whether to enforce a claim that retiree health benefits were terminated in violation of employer commitments to the contrary, what evidence of employer promises to continue the plan may the court consider?