After a lull in adding new cases to the term, the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear arguments in seven challenges, including a trio of cases from religious-affiliated, nonprofit health care systems that are seeking exemptions from federal law for their pension plans.

The health care systems, represented by Arnold & Porter’s Lisa Blatt, contend they qualify as “church plans” that are exempt from the insurance premiums, requirements and protections of the federal Employee Retirement Income Security Act, or ERISA.

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