2020 was a busy year for Employee Retirement Income Security Act (“ERISA”) lawsuits—across industries—
implicating employers’ retirement and healthcare plans. Not only were there significant decisions on key issues
impacting these lawsuits, but COVID-19 also triggered new and different legal exposure for plan sponsors and
here were notable opinions from the United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) addressing ERISA’s statute-oflimitations, Article III standing, and ERISA preemption. SCOTUS decided four ERISA cases in 2020, which is more than the Court has decided in any other year since the statute was enacted 45-years ago. We expect 2021 to continue the trend as there are several Appellate cases heading to the Supreme Court.