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Transcript of Oral Argument before Supreme Court in Retiree Health Benefit Vesting Case (PDF)
Supreme Court of the United States Link to more items from this source
Nov. 10, 2014
"Allyson N. Ho on Behalf of Petitioners: The promise of unalterable, costly healthcare benefits should be negotiated at the bargaining table, not imposed at the courthouse. In a series of cases, the Sixth Circuit has required courts to infer from contractual silence a promise of vested benefits. Justice Ginsburg: But ... we're dealing with a case where there isn't silence.... [T]his collective bargaining agreement says that the employees will receive a full company contribution toward the cost of health benefits. That's not silent.... Julia P. Clark on Behalf of Respondents: As the Court has so aptly noted, this is a contract dispute, and our argument is simply that contract disputes relating to retiree health benefits should be decided like every other dispute under a collective bargaining agreement.... Justice Breyer: Isn't that what Justice Scalia believes? I tend to agree with him. He said ... the other side is arguing the same thing, and ... says since both sides want to argue the same thing, maybe we can just agree with them." [M&G Polymers USA, LLC v. Tackett, No. 13-1010 (on appeal from 6th Cir., cert. granted May 5, 2014)]

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