Legal Memorandum: Barring of State Claims Related to a CBA

Issue: Under federal labor law, are all state claims barred so long as they are even remotely related to a collective bargaining dispute?

Area of Law: Employee Law, Litigation & Procedure
Keywords: Collective bargaining dispute; Barring of state claims
Jurisdiction: Federal
Cited Cases: 182 F.3d 225; 881 F.2d 20
Cited Statutes: § 301
Date: 06/01/2007

Just because a cause of action may tangentially involve a provision of a CBA does not mean that the claim is preempted by § 301 TA s "Labor Management Relations Act (LMRA) § 301, 29 U.S.C. § 185" .  Berda v. CBS Inc., 881 F.2d 20, 27 (3d Cir. 1989) TA l "Berda v. CBS Inc., 881 F.2d 20 (3d Cir. 1989)" s "Berda v. CBS Inc. (3d Cir. 1989)" c 1 .  “‘[W]hen the meaning of contract terms is not the subject of dispute, the bare fact that a collective bargaining agreement will be consulted in the course of state-law litigation plainly does not require the claim to be extinguished.'” Phillips v. Selig, 157 F. Supp. 2d 419, 426 (E.D. Pa. 2001) TA l "Phillips v. Selig, 157 F. Supp. 2d 419 (E.D. Pa. 2001)" s "Phillips v. Selig (E.D. Pa. 2001)" c 1  (quoting Beidelman v. Stroh Brewery Co., 182 F.3d 225, 232 (3d Cir.1999) TA l "Beidelman v. Stroh Brewery Co., 182 F.3d 225 (3d Cir.1999)" s "Beidelman v. Stroh Brewery Co. (3d Cir.1999)" c 1 ).


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