Docket No. S022055.

2 Cal.4th 1045 (1992)

832 P.2d 573

10 Cal. Rptr.2d 72

LINDA BROWN MARSHALL et al., Plaintiffs and Appellants, v. BANKERS LIFE AND CASUALTY COMPANY et al., Defendants and Respondents.

Supreme Court of California.

July 9, 1992.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case


Greene, Broillet, Taylor & Wheeler, Randy McMurray, Timothy J. Wheeler, Mandell, Lewis & Goldberg, Janice E. Garlitz and Michael L. Goldberg for Plaintiffs and Appellants.

O'Neal & Wodin, Marc J. Wodin, O'Melveny & Myers, Robert M. Eccles and Henry C. Thumann for Defendants and Respondents.

Richard E. Barnsback, Philip E. Stano, Woodrow E. Eno, Theresa L. Sorota, Seyfarth, Shaw, Fairweather & Geraldson, Jeffery Anne Tatum, Adams, Duque & Hazeltime, David L. Bacon and Brad Wenger as Amici Curiae on behalf of Defendants and Respondents.



We granted review in this case to determine whether an employer that purchases a group health insurance policy to cover its employees and their dependents, but whose involvement in administration of benefits under the policy is minimal, thereby establishes an "employee benefit plan" within the meaning of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) (29 U.S.C. § 1001 et seq.), so that an action...

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