Wright v. Louisiana Corrugated Products L L C, et al

Plaintiff: Carl Dewayne Wright
Defendant: Louisiana Corrugated Products L L C, U S Corrugated Inc and Vantage Health Plan Inc
Case Number: 3:2014cv00744
Filed: April 4, 2014
Court: Louisiana Western District Court
Office: Monroe Office
County: Ouachita
Referring Judge: Karen L Hayes
Presiding Judge: Robert G James
Nature of Suit: Other Labor Litigation
Cause of Action: 28:1441
Jury Demanded By: None

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April 13, 2015 64 Opinion or Order of the Court JUDGMENT: The Report and Recommendation of the Magistrate Judge having been considered, no objections thereto having been filed, and finding that same is supported by the law and the record in this matter, IT IS ORDERED, ADJUDGED, AND DECREED that the Motion for Declaratory Judgment, construed as a motion for partial summary judgment [Doc. No. 52], filed by Plaintiff Carl DeWayne Wright is hereby GRANTED. In the event that any issues of plan term interpretation arise in the course of his cl aim for wrongful denial of benefits, the Court shall review the issue(s) de novo. IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the Joint Motion for Partial Summary Judgment [Doc. No. 54] filed by Defendants Vantage Health Plan, Inc., Louisiana Corrugated Products, LLC, and U.S. Corrugated, Inc., is hereby DENIED. Signed by Judge Robert G James on 4/13/15. (crt,DickersonSld, D)
November 7, 2014 43 Opinion or Order of the Court JUDGMENT adopting report and recommendation of the Magistrate Judge. The Report and Recommendation of the Magistrate Judge having been considered, no objections thereto having been filed, and finding that same is supported by the law and the record in this matter, IT IS ORDERED, ADJUDGED, AND DECREED that Defendants Joint Motion for Partial Summary Judgment [Doc. No. 31] is hereby GRANTED, and judgment is entered in favor of Defendants declaring 1) that Plaintiffs state law claim for unpaid benefits under the Plan is completely preempted by ERISA and, thus, recast as a claim under ERISA § 502(a)(1)(B), and 2) that Plaintiffs state law claims for penalties and detrimental reliance under Louisiana Revised Statute § 22:1821 and L ouisiana Civil Code Article 1967, respectively, are conflict-preempted by ERISA. IT IS FURTHER ORDERED, ADJUDGED, AND DECREED that Plaintiffs state law claims for penalties and detrimental reliance under Louisiana Revised Statute § 22:1821 and Louisiana Civil Code Article 1967, respectively, are hereby DISMISSED WITH PREJUDICE, as preempted. IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that Defendant Vantage Health Plan, Inc.s Motion to Dismiss pursuant to Rule 12(b)(6) for Failure to Exhaust Administrative Rem edies and in the Alternative, for Summary Judgment [Doc. No. 11], and Defendants Louisiana Corrugated Products, LLC, and U.S. Corrugated, Inc.s Motion for Judgment on the Pleadings (converted to a motion for summary judgment) [Doc. No. 17] are ea ch GRANTED IN PART. Plaintiffs recast claim for unpaid benefits under ERISA § 502(a)(1)(B) are hereby DISMISSED WITHOUT PREJUDICE. Defendants motions [Doc. Nos. 11 & 17] otherwise are DENIED. IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that this matter is hereby STA YED for a period of 60 days, so Plaintiff may exhaust administrative remedies, and, thereafter, amend his Complaint to assert his then exhausted § 502(a)(1)(B) claim. If Plaintiff instead desires to forego his § 502(a)(1)(B) claim and proceed solely with his COBRA claim, he shall file a notice in the record no later than November 21, 2014. ( Compliance Deadline set for 11/21/2014.). Signed by Judge Robert G James on 11/7/14. (crt,DickersonSld, D)

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Defendant: Louisiana Corrugated Products L L C
Represented By: Trevor S Fry
Represented By: Michael J O'Shee
Represented By: Steven M Oxenhandler
Represented By: Joseph H L Perez-Montes
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Defendant: U S Corrugated Inc
Represented By: Trevor S Fry
Represented By: Michael J O'Shee
Represented By: Steven M Oxenhandler
Represented By: Joseph H L Perez-Montes
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Defendant: Vantage Health Plan Inc
Represented By: Layna S Cook
Represented By: Daniel P Guillory
Represented By: Errol J King, Jr
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Plaintiff: Carl Dewayne Wright
Represented By: Oscar P Barnes, III
Represented By: Richard L Fewell, Jr
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