September 03, 2014

In this article, Jenner & Block Partners Amanda S. Amert and Craig C. Martin examine the implications of Lytle v. Lowe’s Home Centers, Inc.  The authors explain that the case provides an “interesting window” into the way that courts analyze ERISA claims based on unconventional theories.  They observe that the Lytle decision highlights the fact that courts closely examine the purported statutory basis for any ERISA claim, scrutinize the nature of the relief sought and require that a plan’s claims procedure be exhausted before any lawsuit is filed.  They offer background on the case and analyze the court’s decision.