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Text of Federal District Court Opinion: Moen Retirees Entitled to Permanently Vested Lifetime Healthcare Benefits (PDF)
U.S District Court for the Northern District of Ohio Link to more items from this source
June 24, 2014
"Although Plaintiffs and Defendant both say that the language of the collective bargaining agreements and the plant closing agreement is unambiguous, the parties make radically different arguments regarding what the agreements unambiguously say. The Court first holds that the collective bargaining agreements unambiguously grant vested, lifetime healthcare benefits for retirees. Second, the collective bargaining agreements' reservation-of-rights language gives Moen the right to change its medical benefits insurer. I t does not give Moen a right to end employee medical benefits. But more important, the reservation of rights does not give Moen the right to terminate retirement healthcare benefits. And finally, the plant closing agreement also unambiguously grants vested, lifetime healthcare benefits for retirees."[Gallo et al v. Moen Inc., No. 13-2440 (N.D. Ohio June 23, 2014)]

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