Two Circuits Agree: Coal Act Doesn’t Bar Terminating Retiree Benefits via Section 1114

Fifth Circuit declines to create a circuit split on the ability of a coal producer to sell assets and protect the buyer from liability for retiree health benefits under the Coal Act.

Sixth Circuit Broadly Interprets Section 959(b) to Cover State Pension Plans

A split panel on the Sixth Circuit held that Section 959(b) barred the debtor from halting participation in a state employees’ pension plan.