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Unless otherwise indicated, individuals may: In addition, materials from this site may be reproduced by media personnel for use in traditional public news forums unless otherwise indicated. The plaintiffs challenged the status of pension plans maintained by hospitals and other church-affiliated organizations as church plans, and sought to bring those plans into the strict regulatory framework of ERISA. The decision completely shut down the primary line of argument pursued by plaintiffs in a series of class action lawsuits.DISCLAIMER: This blog is published for general information only - it is not intended to constitute legal advice and cannot be relied upon by any person as legal advice. While we welcome you to contact our authors, the submission of a comment or question does not create an attorney-client relationship between the Firm and you. So the discussion, and the litigation, may not end here. Within the past five months, two federal District Court judges have cast doubt on the validity of IRS letter rulings (and similar DOL opinion letters) issued to church-affiliated employers dating back to 1983. Treasury Regulations require us to notify you that any tax-related material in this blog (including links and attachments) is not intended or written to be used, and cannot be used, for the purpose of avoiding tax penalties, and may not be referred to in any marketing or promotional materials. Supreme Court overturned decisions by three federal Circuit Courts of Appeals and held that an employee benefit plan maintained by a church-controlled or church-affiliated organization can qualify as a “church plan” exempt from ERISA regardless of who establishes the plan. Nevertheless, the decision leaves open one final line of argument that could be pursued by attorneys representing aggrieved plan participants in church plan cases.First, the panel noted that expressly left open that “Lanham Act liability might arise if an advertisement us[ing] information contained in an FDA-approved label . Second, the panel observed that assumed the ability in a Lanham Act case to determine whether certain FDA-approved factual assertions were false, whereas this case concerned Church & Dwight’s right to challenge SPD’s FDA-cleared messaging in the first place, and that the Supreme Court’s , the Court deferred to the FDA’s expertise concerning and exhaustive review of whether a drug had certain pharmacological effects.