AT&T Success Stories


  • Case: Barnes v. AT & T Pension Benefit Plan-Nonbargained Program
  • Synopsis: Participant in pension benefit plan, on behalf of himself and all others similarly situated, brought Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) cause of action alleging failure to pay benefits due. The District Court, granted participant's motion to amend complaint to add two more causes of action for failure to provide adequate notice of reasons for benefit denial and violation of anti-cutback provision. Participant moved for class certification of causes of action for failure to pay benefits and violation of anti-cutback provision.
  • Outcome: Motions Granted commonality prerequisite was met;typicality prerequisite was met; adequacy prerequisite was met;class action was maintainable on ground that prosecuting separate actions would create risk of inconsistent or varying adjudications or adjudications that would be dispositive of or would substantially impair or impede nonparties' interests;class action was maintainable on ground that party opposing class had acted or refused to act on grounds that applied to generally to class so final injunctive or declaratory relief was appropriate regarding class as whole; and class definition had to be modified to limit potential class solely to individuals who, upon their first retirement, elected to receive discounted Accelerated Transition Benefit (ATB) as lump sum, but was not otherwise imprecise or overbroad

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  • “I interviewed several lawyers and decided on Corinne Chandler at Kantor & Kantor. She was able to reverse the insurer's decision on the first appeal, without the need to get into litigation. She literally saved me from financial ruin. I couldn't recomm”

    - Jackie T.
  • “They go above and beyond and I can’t thank them enough. Having a legal case pending is an extremely stressful thing, especially when one has a disability. Having people who care on your team makes all the difference”

    - Cory B.
  • “In battling for disability benefits, they're versed in my illness which makes them not only better suited to help but empathetic to my difficulties as well.”

    - Perry N.

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