Negron-Fuentes v. UPS SCS, No. 07-2463. This is a sad, but fun case. The plaintiff took short term disability leave from UPS to be treated for a brain tumor. When he visited UPS, as he was recovering, the folks there were not that nice to him, and made him depressed. His benefits plan then told him that he could either apply for long term disability or seek reinstatement. Then, “psyche!” the plan told him that his benefits had not vested. This was to be the first of many “Psyches!” However, the First eventually figures out that the District Court overdid claim preclusion on claims that might be ERISA claims. (By the way, I had a very similar problem as a Civ. Pro. final. Since most of you went to law schools that teach “local law” you wouldn’t understand.)
So, he sued in Puerto Rico Superior Court asserting state claims. UPS removed, arguing that his actions were completely preempted by ERISA. In Federal Court, he added on a bunch of federal claims. The District Court dismissed the state-law claims without prejudice. He then went back to state court and asked to “reopen” them (to avoid a statute of limitations problem). UPS opposed this in the state court, but lost at the state trial and appellate courts.