No. 89-1298.

498 U.S. 133 (1990)


Supreme Court of the United States.

Decided December 3, 1990.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Hollis T. Hurd argued the cause for petitioner. With him on the briefs were Glen D. Nager and William T. Little.

Christopher J. Wright argued the cause for the United States as amicus curiae urging reversal. With him on the brief were Solicitor General Starr, Deputy Solicitor General Shapiro, Allen H. Feldman, and Nathaniel I. Spiller.

John W. Tavormina argued the cause for respondent. With him on the brief was Michael Y. Saunders.*

JUSTICE O'CONNOR delivered the opinion of the Court.

This case presents the question whether the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA), 88 Stat. 829, as amended, 29 U. S. C. § 1001 et seq., pre-empts a state common law claim that an employee was unlawfully discharged to prevent his attainment of benefits under a plan covered by ERISA.


Petitioner Ingersoll-Rand Company employed respondent...

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