Gobeille v. Liberty Mutual Insurance Company

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Gobeille v. Liberty Mutual Insurance Company
Seal of the United States Supreme Court
Argued December 2, 2015
Decided March 1, 2016
Full case nameAlfred Gobeille, in his Official Capacity as Chair of the Vermont Green Mountain Care Board, Petitioner v. Liberty Mutual Insurance Company
Docket no.14–181
Citations577 U.S. ___ (more)
136 S. Ct. 936; 194 L. Ed. 2d 20
Opinion announcementOpinion announcement
Case history
PriorLiberty Mut. Ins. Co. v. Donegan, 746 F.3d 497 (2d Cir. 2014)
Court membership
Chief Justice
John Roberts
Associate Justices
Anthony Kennedy · Clarence Thomas
Ruth Bader Ginsburg · Stephen Breyer
Samuel Alito · Sonia Sotomayor
Elena Kagan
Case opinions
MajorityKennedy, joined by Roberts, Thomas, Breyer, Alito, Kagan
DissentGinsburg, joined by Sotomayor
Laws applied
Employee Retirement Income Security Act, 29 U.S.C. § 1001 et seq.

Gobeille v. Liberty Mutual Insurance Company, 577 U.S. ___ (2016), was a United States Supreme Court case in which the Court held that a Vermont state law requiring the disclosure of certain information relating to health care services was preempted by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) to the extent that the state law applied to ERISA plans.[1] Writing for a majority of the Court, Justice Anthony Kennedy held that the Vermont law "impose[d] duties that are inconsistent with the central design of ERISA, which is to provide a single uniform national scheme for the administration of ERISA plans without interference from laws of the several States".[2]


  1. ^ Gobeille v. Liberty Mut. Ins. Co., No. 14–181, 577 U.S. ___, slip op. at 1, 13 (2016).
  2. ^ Gobeille, slip op. at 13.

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