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Dean v. Seafarers International Union et al.

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri grants the motion to dismiss by the defendant union due to the plaintiff's failure to state a claim. The plaintiff is a former tugboat worker who was eligible for and participated in various retirement plans sponsored by his former employer. The plans are governed by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA). The defendant is a voluntary maritime labor association that refers members and applicants to positions aboard ships and tugboats that are owned and operated by maritime companies that have collective bargaining agreements with the defendant. The defendant is not the plan administrator for the plans. The plaintiff alleges that he contributed a substantial amount of money to the plans but was only paid a small amount after submitting a request for distribution. The defendant argues that the plaintiff's claims should be dismissed because a claim for benefits under ERISA can only be brought against the plans or the administrator...

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