Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS)
Holcomb v. Hospital Sisters Health System
United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois
Case No. 16-3282
Plaintiffs alleged that Hospital Sisters Health System (“HSHS”), an Illinois non-profit healthcare company was improperly claiming that its defined benefit pension plan, the Hospital Sisters Health System Employees’ Pension Plan (the “HSHS Plan” or “Plan”), is exempt from the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (“ERISA”), a federal law, pursuant to a statutory exemption for “church plans.”
Plaintiffs alleged a number of reasons why the HSHS Plan does not qualify as an ERISA-exempt church plan, and that Defendants violated ERISA, and that the exemption from ERISA, as applied to the HSHS Plan, is an unconstitutional violation of the Establishment Clause.
On February 22, 2019, Judge Myerscough granted final approval of the Settlement.
Master Consolidated Complaint – 02/16/2017
Settlement Agreement – 05/31/2018
Order and Final Judgment – 02/22/2019