Jury verdict favors class of 800 retired rubber workers

August 2004

A jury verdict was returned on behalf of a class of 800 retired members of the United Rubber Workers Union and their spouses and beneficiaries.  The case concerned the retirees’ effort to force Dayco Products to honor the company’s commitment to pay lifetime retiree health benefits.  The jury found that the health benefits were vested in retirement and could not be changed unilaterally by Dayco.  The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit affirmed in April 2006.