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Supreme Court Upholds “Church Plan” Sponsorship by “Principal-Purpose Organizations”

On Monday, June 5, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court rendered a much-awaited decision in Advocate Health Care Network v. Stapleton in favor of church plan sponsors that are “principal purpose organizations.” This ruling is significant because it overturns prior contrary rulings affecting church plans sponsored by church-related organizations in the Third, Seventh, and Ninth Circuits.

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