National Class Action Dismissed Pre-Certification Regarding ERISA Claims

Spotswood Sansom & Sansbury LLC, as national counsel, obtained pre-certification dismissal of a putative nationwide ERISA class action and putative New England state law class action alleging that a motor carrier jointly employed certain drivers who worked for independent transportation services contractors. In its decision, the district court ruled that the plaintiffs had failed to exhaust administrative remedies as contemplated by ERISA and had not complied with federal pleading requirements as clarified by the United States Supreme Court in Bell Atlantic Corp. v. Twombly, 550 U.S. 544, 127 S. Ct. 1955 (2007). Following dismissal of the federal ERISA claims, the district court declined to exercise supplemental jurisdiction over the pendent state-law claims.

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