Supreme Court Review 2016/2017 TERM
SUNDAY, APRIL 30, 2017
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Issue:  Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974's church-plan exemption
Consolidated With:  Saint Peter’s Healthcare System v. Kaplan
Dignity Health v. Rollins

Advocate Health Care Network v. Stapleton

16-74

QUESTION(S) PRESENTED

Whether the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974's church-plan exemption applies so long as a pension plan is maintained by an otherwise-qualifying church-affiliated organization, or whether the exemption applies only if, in addition, a church initially established the plan.

DECISION

Fully Briefed and Argued
Awaiting Decision

ORAL ARGUMENT

Argued March 27, 2017

Appearences
On Behalf of Petitioners
Lisa S. Blatt, Washington, D. C.
On Behalf of United States as amicus curiae, in support of Petitioners
Malcolm L. Stewart, Deputy Solicitor General, Department of Justice, Washington, D. C.
On Behalf of Respondents
James A. Feldman, Washington, D. C.
Transcript
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Merit Briefs
Brief for Petitioner (pdf download)
Brief for Respondent (pdf download)
Amicus Curiae Briefs
Brief for AARP and AARP Foundation in Support of Respondents (pdf download)
Brief for Alliance Defending Freedom and Thomas More Society in Support of Petitioners (pdf download)
Brief for Americans United For Separation Of Church And State, et al in Support of Respondents (pdf download)
Brief for Christian Legal Society, National Association of Evangelicals, And the National Legal Foundation in Support of Petitioners (pdf download)
Brief for Church Alliance in Support of Petitioners (pdf download)
Brief for Church Defendant in Support of Petitioners (pdf download)
Brief for Council for Christian Colleges & Universities, et al in support of petitioners (pdf download)
Brief for National Employment Lawyers Association in Support of Respondents (pdf download)
Brief for Pension Rights Center in Support of Respondents (pdf download)
Brief for Professor Daniel I Halperin in Support of Respondents (pdf download)
Brief for Saint Elizabeth Medical Center, Inc in Support of Petitioners (pdf download)
Brief for the American Center for Law and Justice in Support of Petitioners (pdf download)
Brief for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty in Support of Petitioners (pdf download)
Brief for the Catholic Health Association of the United States in Support of Petitioners (pdf download)
Brief for the General Conference of Seventh-Day Adventists in Support of Petitioners (pdf download)
Brief for the Illinois Conference of the United Church Of Christ, et al in Support of Petitioners (pdf download)
Brief for United States Conference Of Catholic Bishops, et al in Support of Petitioners (pdf download)
Brief for United States in Support of Petitioners (pdf download)

PROCEEDING BELOW

United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
Decided March 17, 2016
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