The days grow a little longer and the holidays are over the stern. Nature has blessed us all with unique local weather. The EBC Midwinter Meeting is on the horizon, and Nashville calls. All of which means that it is time for the first 2019 edition of the EBC Newsletter. Our continuing efforts to address a broad spectrum of issues and developments of interest bring you the following offerings in this edition:
- Emily Bolt provides her thoughts on ERISA and arbitration in her article, “Are ERISA Cases the Next Frontier in the Ever-Expanding Realm of Arbitration? The Implications of Munro v. University of Southern California in the Ninth Circuit”;
- Elizabeth Green examines the relationship between external review of health claims and the scope of fiduciary discretion in her article, “The Impact of External Reviews on Discretion in ERISA Health Litigation”;
- We have a brief preview of the 2019 Midwinter Meeting;
- The American College of Employee Benefits Counsel (ACEBC) inducted its 2018 class of Fellows;
- The ACEBC is accepting applications for its 2019 Employee Benefits Simplification Award;
- The ever-popular “As We Go to E-Press” is on partial shutdown but has a few items of interest for your consideration.
The members of the editorial board remain keenly interested in your feedback on whether we are capturing what you would like to see in your newsletter. They also would be delighted to discuss article ideas you may have. Those with thoughts on issues they would like to see addressed and/or thoughts on articles should contact one of the editors.